Kery Gray

Retired, City of Dayton 1987-2017
1986, B.A., Communication Studies

member since 2015

Kery Gray is a devoted Daytonian who spent his first career serving the City of Dayton. Kery graduated in 1986 with a B.A. in Communication Studies from Wright State and began working for the City of Dayton in 1987. He feels that his experience as a student at Wright State has shaped him as a person and played a central role in his career. His most memorable experiences come from his involvement with the University Center Board, now called the Student Activites Board, where he helped organize activities like movie nights and off-campus trips for the student body.

Kery held several positions with the City of Dayton, culminating as Director of the Dayton City Commission Office.  In 2014 Kery added the role of the Mayor's LGBTQ liaison which he says was one of his biggest accomplishments. Having left the city, he is working on his home renovations or bicycling. Kery and his husband, Tim, were the first couple to get married in Ohio after the U.S. Supreme Court ruling that made gay marriage legal in the country. Kery also gives his time to the Wegerzyn Garden Foundation.

In memory of his first partner, Kery founded the Robert B. Dorris scholarship in the Department of Religion. Serving on the Dean's Leadership Board means a lot to Kery because, as the fifth child in his family to attend college, he understands the financial burden that college creates for many of today's students and the need for a variety of sources for financial support. This service allows him to help students accomplish their goals of getting a college education.