James Gray is the Chair of the Mathematics Department at the Community College of Aurora in Colorado, the college he graduated from more than twenty years ago. Upon arriving at the college as a student, he tested into developmental math and English. He was inspired to study mathematics by his developmental math teacher, Frank Neckel, who was the department chair at the time. After earning a Bachelor’s degree in math from the University of Northern Colorado, a Master’s degree in math from the University of Colorado, Boulder, and spending two years teaching English in China, James returned to CCA as faculty, where he now fills the same role of department chair as his mentor did.
In 2013, he was chosen to be a leader of the college’s Equity Scorecard project, a self-study designed to identify and address achievement gaps that exist amongst racial and ethnic groups led by the Center For Urban Education at the Rossier School of Education at the University of Southern California.His work has been honored with the Dr. Linda and Roger Bowman Faculty Award, Faculty of Year, and a scholarship named in his honor.