Bernadette Gray-Little was born in 1945 in Washington, North Carolina. Gray-Little attended Marywood College in Scranton, Pennsylvania, where she graduated with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. Gray-Little continued her education at St. Louis University where she received her master’s and doctorate degrees in psychology. In 1971 Gray-Little became a psychology professor at the University of North Carolina-Chapel Hill. She was named the director of the graduate program in clinical psychology in 1982 and chair of the department of psychology in 1993. In 1999 Gray-Little became the senior associate dean for undergraduate education for the College of Arts and Sciences and in 2001 she became the executive associate provost. Gray-Little became the dean for the College of Arts and Sciences in 2004 and the executive vice chancellor and provost in 2007. On August 15, 2009, Gray-Little was named the chancellor at the University of Kansas (KU), becoming the first woman and first African American to hold the position of chancellor at KU.
Entry: Gray-Little, Bernadette
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