2015 Founders’ Day Convocation Presidential Award

Herb and Felicia Gray

Felicia Walton Gray ’92 is one of the many dynamic women leading the way and making a significant contribution to name a classroom in the new 62,000-square-foot Science Center on JCSU’s campus. Felicia holds a Bachelor of Science degree in mathematics with a minor in computer science.

She has worked in the information technology field for 20 years. The IT Testing Manager for Bank of America Corporation manages end-to-end system integration testing of Consumer and Small Business Banking initiatives. At Bank of America, Felicia has held previous roles as a test environments manager, business continuity consultant and process designer. Prior to coming to Bank of America, she worked for Duke Energy for 12 years as an application developer and production support analyst.

Felicia and her husband, Herb Gray, are noted philanthropists in the Charlotte community. They are founders of the Gray Classic Golf Tournament Weekend, an annual golf tournament and weekend of events that supports 100 Black Men of Greater Charlotte, Inc. and other local charitable organizations. In her spare time, Felicia enjoys reading, shopping and serving the community with Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.

Herb has served on the JCSU Board of Visitors for the past two years and is a graduate of North Carolina A&T University with a degree in political science. He owns a behavioral healthcare company called Life Enhancement Services with offices across the nation. His involvement with JCSU is a natural one. It was through Felicia’s involvement that Herb also became interested in joining the Board of Visitors, which he describes as a “collective body of individuals who want to see JCSU thrive.” His service on the board has placed him in an advocate role promoting the continued growth of the University through the Arch of Triumph Gala and by supporting physical improvements such as the construction of Mosaic Village and the new Science Center.

Herb hasn’t traveled far from the colors blue and gold or the Golden Bulls. His own alma mater also has the same colors and his high school in Fayetteville, N.C., has the Golden Bull as its mascot. “I’ve traded the Blue and Gold for another Gold and Blue,” he laughs.

When choosing to make their naming gift to JCSU, Felicia and Herb expressed their excitement in knowing that they are making an investment in the next generation of leadership in the STEM fields. Felicia shared: “I love my alma mater and the rewarding professional life I have experienced because of Smith. We have an outstanding track record of success in producing leadership in the STEM fields, and I am proud to be a donor to the new Science Center and uphold this tradition. I am certain that this new science facility will provide an optimal learning environment for our STEM majors to excel in the workforce and in graduate and professional schools