The Kenneth & Lancy Gray Memorial Scholarship honors the lives and contributions of a father and his beloved daughter who lived with a commitment to promote dialogue, appreciation, and understanding amongst the peoples of the world. Dr. Gray traveled and lectured in the Americas, Europe, Asia ,and Africa. His daughter Lancy was inspired by the example of her parents and from a young age aspired to be a world citizen.
Dr. Kenneth Gray served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of Bridgeport from 1992 until his passing in 2007. He served as the Co-Chair of the Board’s Academic Affairs Committee. A two-time Senior Fulbright Scholar, Dr. Gray served as the Eminent Scholar Chair Professor of International Management at the School of Business & Industry, Florida A & M University in Tallahassee, Florida. He served as an editorial board member of three international academic journals, The International Journal on World Peace, Journal of Entrepreneurship and Management, and The Journal of African Business and is the author of numerous books and journals. In 2005 he co-authored Corporate Scandals: The Many Faces of Greed (Paragon House). He was recognized by his colleagues as an exceptional scholar, as a man deeply committed to intercultural understanding, and as an example of academic and personal integrity. Dr. Kenneth and his wife Dr. Doris Gray initially created this scholarship in 2000 to commemorate their daughter Lancy after her passing. Dr. Gray is survived by his wife Dr. Doris Gray, who is a Professor of French and Women’s Studies at Florida State University, and by his daughters Tunuka and Khadijah.
Lancy Amelie Gray, Kenneth and Doris’ daughter, was born in Kenya in 1985 and suffered a fatal car crash in Morocco in 2000. Lancy, a gifted writer who was fluent in several languages, learned at an early age how to move freely in various cultures. She attended schools in Kenya, the United States, Germany, and Morocco. By the time she was 15 years old, she spoke German, English, and French and had a basic knowledge of Arabic. Lancy was an accomplished cellist and played in an orchestra. She intended to study cultural anthropology and world religions.