James W. Gray

Placed Leader

James W. Gray

Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations
Smith College

April 2, 2019

Koya’s Andy Evans, Tom Phillips, and Charlotte Harris partnered with Smith College on the search for its Associate Vice President for Facilities and Operations.
James Gray will begin his tenure at Smith in April 2019.

Gray has extensive experience in real estate, facilities, planning, and the development and operation of college and university campuses, as well as medical and private-sector facilities. As vice president at Brandeis for the past five years, he has had responsibility for all aspects of campus operations, including facilities and grounds, public safety and police, environmental health and safety, and sustainability, among other things.

Mike Howard, Smith’s executive vice president for finance and administration, said, “Jim Gray has a long and successful record of leadership in higher education and in the medical and for-profit sectors. His ability to manage and motivate teams, and his commitment to integrating sustainability into all aspects of business operations, will be especially valuable to Smith in the years ahead.”

Prior to joining Brandeis, Gray served for eight years as associate vice president in charge of Harvard Real Estate Services for Harvard University and held leadership positions in commercial real estate development, management and construction as a senior vice president for Duke Realty Corporation. Gray has also had senior level experience in the healthcare facilities and student housing arenas.

Gray earned undergraduate and law degrees at Indiana University.

Read the press release: New Leader for Facilities and Operations.