Rev. Howard Gray, S.J., Ph.D. serves as Interim Vice President for Mission and Ministry. In this role, he shares the Catholic and Jesuit tradition of education and spirituality with faculty, students, staff, parents and alumni through seminars, presentations, immersion programs and retreats.Fr. Gray oversees robust campus ministry programs on four campuses and a dynamic pastoral care program at MedStar Georgetown University Hospital.
Immediately prior to this appointment Fr. Gray served as Special Assistant to President DeGioia. Before coming to Georgetown in 2007, Fr. Gray held many leadership and administrative positions in higher education and the Society of Jesus (the Jesuits), among them service to Weston School of Theology as Rector and then Dean, before being called to serve the Society as Provincial of the Detroit Province. Fr. Gray has taught at the Jesuit School of Theology in Berkeley, Fordham University, John Carroll University, Loyola University of New Orleans, and University of Detroit Mercy. He has lectured at Boston College where he served as the first director of the Center for Ignatian Spirituality. Fr. Gray is the author of over 60 articles and essays including An Experience of Ignatian Government from Studies in the Spirituality of the Jesuits.
Fr. Gray's service to Georgetown includes as a member of the Board of Directors, as chair of search committees, and as spiritual director to members of the university community participating in Ignatian formation programs and retreats. Fr. Gray possesses a licentiate in philosophy and licentiate in sacred theology from Loyola University of Chicago, and a doctorate in English from the University of Wisconsin.