Kent Gray, U of A alumnus.
U of A alumnus Kent Gray of Truckee, Calif. Says his studies at U of A have been a stepping stone to his successful career path. To help other students finance their studies and achieve similar results, the Fayetteville native is making a planned donation of $ 250,000 to create the Kent Gray Endowed Scholarship Fund.
Gray received a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration from Sam M. Walton College of Business with a major in accounting. After graduation he was recruited by PricewaterhouseCoopers in New York, where he spent the first three years of his professional career before joining Schlumberger as a financial analyst. He then spent nine years with Kforce Inc. in California, where he began to focus on staffing and recruiting, specifically for the financial industry in the San Francisco Bay Area.
Gray ultimately spent over 25 years in the staffing and recruiting industry. He founded CVPartners in 2001, where he also served as Managing Director, followed by R&D Partners in 2007. Both companies have grown rapidly and received numerous awards including Best Place to Work, Fastest Growing Companies and Inc. 500 designations. CVP was sold in 2014, but R&D remains an independent national life sciences recruiting firm.
In addition to these companies, Gray also co-founded Talent Rover in 2012, a fully integrated cloud-based software solution based on Salesforce’s force.com. Gray was the lead investor and served as Managing Director until the acquisition of Talent Rover in 2018 after several years of rapid international growth.
He continues to serve as CEO of R&D Partners and is a member of the board of directors of Place Technology and Enzi Shoes.
“My studies at U of A allowed me to receive job offers from seven of New York’s Big 8 accounting firms in my senior year and successfully prepared me for my stint at PWC,” Gray said. “I had great teachers who helped me get started, and I really enjoyed and benefited from my time at university. It was a quality education, at all costs, and particularly affordable. Students today, however, struggle with the affordability of higher education, and I wanted to do my part to help several students get a solid education like me. They deserve to graduate and not be struggling with huge debt, so that’s where my scholarship comes in.
The Kent Gray Endowed Scholarship Fund will support undergraduate students with proven financial need. The awards are intended to recruit talented Arkansas undergraduates and complement other awards to fill funding gaps. First-year students will be given preference for the scholarship, and up to three scholarships can be awarded each year.
Katy Nelson-Ginder, Associate Vice Chancellor for University Development, said: “Kent and I have been friends for a long time. He has a generous spirit of philanthropy and a passion for higher education. He cares a lot about helping students and giving back to others so that they can be a part of the Razorback community. We are incredibly grateful for his gift and the lives that will result. “
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