"Building Consensus toward a Shared Purpose: A Profile of President David Gray"
Author: Dessoff, Alan,
Published In: Facilities Manager
Date: September/October 2011
The author presents a profile of APPA president David Gray. One might say that David Gray's path into higher education facilities management was anything but traditional. Today, Gray is the assistant vice president of facilities services at Middle Tennessee State University. His professional career, however, actually began in banking. In 1993 he was working in Murfreesboro Tennessee. As a local banker and president of the Chamber of Commerce, he had become familiar with Middle Tennessee State University (MTSU). It was MTSU's vice president of business and finance, Duane Stucky, who introduced Gray to the idea of working in higher education and ultimately in facilities management. Gray's introduction to APPA began with a professional connection with the University of Missouri-Columbia and Alan Warden, then vice chancellor of facilities and an active APPA member. This connection was the genesis for a serious facilities management education marked by peer-to-peer mentoring and exposure to various APPA technical programs. His platform as APPA's President-Elect stated that he would center on "a strong commitment to continue the technical, knowledge-based educational program offerings" of APPA with "a focus on equipping facilities professionals and personnel in the areas of leadership and communications--leading to increased credibility and greater influence within the critical decision-making processes on campus."
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