MADISON – The Wisconsin Area Health Education Center (AHEC) has hired a new statewide director. Brenda C. Gray, PhD, former director of the Milwaukee AHEC (2011-2017), took the helm of the state program at the University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health on February 13. Gray follows Nancy Sugden, the Program’s director for the past 17 years.
Dr. Gray earned her baccalaureate degree in biology from Tougaloo College, M.P.H. from the University of Alabama at Birmingham and Ph.D. in Urban Higher Education from Jackson State University. Dr. Gray has worked in academe for over two decades as both an administrator and faculty member. Her teaching and research interests include health equity, human development and health disparities. Dr. Gray has held faculty positions at Jackson State University and Tougaloo College. Other professional experience includes consultation in both higher education and non-profit organizations.
Remarks from Dr. Gray:
As the Director for the Wisconsin AHEC System, I want to espouse a bold vision of collaborative leadership. I believe that vision is a potent force that requires the collective power of ‘WE’. The power of ‘WE’ is more essential than ever given the economic and social climate of our nation. My vision focuses our lens on how ‘WE’ arrive at the work of the Wisconsin AHEC System. ‘WE’ are passionate about social change— in particular ‘Enhancing Health Equity’ and health care access for underserved populations. We understand that our vision, partners and community help to create social change. During the course of my tenure, ‘WE’ will use the lens of our vision, our mission, our partners and our community to strategically direct our program activities and efforts to not merely dream but to take action to enhance health equity. Through the power of ‘WE’, we are building a strong foundation to work together to achieve the vision of Enhancing Health Equity through ‘Connecting Student to Careers, Professionals to Communities, and Communities to Better to Health.’