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Larry Gray speaks at 2013 Business Forum


Williamsburg, Ky. – On Wednesday, April 17, University of the Cumberlands (UC) Hutton School of Business hosted the 6th annual Business Forum for Young Professionals.

The business forum is designed to prepare young professionals as they enter the business workforce. Industry professionals share their professional experiences and discuss ways in which businesses can thrive, not just survive, in any financial climate. The theme for 2013 was “How to Achieve Business Growth in a Recovering Economy.”

One of the speakers was Mr. Larry W. Gray, the President of Baptist Health Corbin in Corbin, Kentucky. He has been the President since November of 2011.

His career began in the Baptist Health System in 1983 as a clinical chaplain before becoming the Director of Pastoral Care in 1986. By 1993 he had assumed executive responsibilities for several mission effectiveness departments.

In 1995 he received his MHA from University of Kentucky and was later named the Vice President for System Support and Administrative Services. He was in charge of support departments, materials management, purchasing, human resources, and work development. While at Baptist Health, Gray was also instrumental in creating the leadership development program and the Hospital Ethics Committee that he chaired for 16 years.

He initiated the Healthy Kids Centers, Primary Care clinics with the local health department and has served on UK’s board for the MHA program and as an adjunct faculty member.

Gray has served the Baptist Seminary of Kentucky as a member of the Board of Trustees in which he was the Chair, from 2009-2010. He also holds the Master of Divinity from the Southern Baptist Theological Seminary.

The forum was founded by Mr. J. Hunt Perkins. Perkins, a geologist, is president of J. Hunt Perkins and Associates, Inc.; a Lexington firm established in 1983 that specializes in oil and gas exploration services, gas well drilling and field exploration services. A current member of Cumberlands Board of Trustees, his strong association with the university extends back to when his mother served more than ten years as the bursar for then Cumberland College.

Located in Williamsburg, Ky., University of the Cumberlands is an institution of regional distinction, which currently offers four undergraduate degrees in more than 40 major fields of study; nine pre-professional programs; twelve graduate degrees, including two doctorate, two specialist and eight master’s degrees; certifications in education; and online programs.