Meet Dr. Wray
Vice Chancellor Warren K. (Kent) Wray heads the Global and Strategic Partnerships Division of Missouri S&T. The division was established as part of Missouri S&T’s strategic plan priorities to expand the university’s efforts in global and online learning, international affairs, and corporate relations.
Dr. Wray joined Missouri S&T as provost and executive vice chancellor of academic affairs in August 2006 and served as interim chancellor from September 2011 through March 2012. He began his position as vice chancellor for global and strategic partnerships in July 2014.
Under Dr. Wray’s leadership as provost, Missouri S&T experienced record student enrollment, growth in online learning offerings and enrollment, and growth in research funding.
Prior to joining S&T, Dr. Wray served as provost at Michigan Technological University in Houghton, Michigan, from 2000 to 2005, and as dean of Ohio University’s Fritz J. and Dolores H. Russ College of Engineering and Technology from 1996 to 2000. He also served as Ohio University’s Cruse Moss Professor of engineering education during that time. Earlier, he was professor and chair of civil engineering at Texas Tech University from 1990 to 1996.
Dr. Wray holds a bachelor of science degree in physics with a history minor from Washburn University in Topeka, Kansas, and a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering from Kansas State University in Manhattan, Kansas. He also holds a master of science degree in civil engineering from the Air Force Institute of Technology and a Ph.D. in civil engineering with a focus on geotechnical engineering from Texas A&M University.