Kenneth D. Gray (‘69 JD)
Major General Kenneth D. Gray, born in Excelsior, W.Va., received his bachelor’s degree from West Virginia State College in 1966 and was commissioned as a second lieutenant from ROTC. In 1969, he earned his law degree from West Virginia University and entered active duty in the U.S. Army Judge Advocate General’s Corps.
His first assignment was as a defense counsel at Fort Ord, Calif. In 1970, he served as a defense counsel and command judge advocate in Vietnam. In 1971, he worked briefly as an assistant military affairs officer at Fort Meade, Md., before being assigned to the Personnel, Plans and Training Office, Office of the Judge Advocate General, as a personnel management officer.
After attending the JAGC Graduate Course, General Gray became an instructor and later the senior instructor at the Criminal Law division of The Judge Advocate General’s School in Charlottesville, Va. In 1978, he was assigned as the Deputy Staff Judge Advocate, 1st Armored Division, for two years. He then attended the U.S. Army’s Command and General Staff College in Fort Leavenworth, Kan.
From 1981-84, General Gray served as the Staff Judge Advocate for the 2nd Armored Division in Fort Hood, Texas. In 1984, he was assigned as Chief of the Personnel, Plans and Training Office, a position he held for three years. After attending the Industrial College of the Armed Forces, he was assigned as the III Corps and Fort Hood Staff Judge Advocate.
General Gray was promoted to brigadier general in 1991. He was assigned as the Commander of the U.S. Army Legal Services Agency and the Chief Judge of the U.S. Army Court of Military Review. In 1993, he was promoted to major general and sworn in as The Assistant Judge Advocate General.
His many awards and decorations include: the Legion of Merit; Bronze Star; Meritorious Service Medal, with two Oak Leaf Clusters; Army Commendation Medal; Army Achievement Medal; and Army Staff Identification General. In 1991, the WVU College of Law presented him with its highest honor, the Justitia Officium Award.
Today, Gray serves as Vice President of Student Affairs for WVU.