Former Andrew College President Morris G. Wray passes away


On the evening of Sept. 12, 2015, former Andrew College President Rev. Morris Garland Wray, Ph.D., passed away. His election as the 24th president by the board of trustees on Nov. 21, 1985, marked his return to Cuthbert. Prior to his appointment as Dean of Student Affairs at Brevard College, Brevard, N.C., Wray served Andrew as the Dean of Admission. In that capacity, his influence on enrollment growth was recognized by the Division of Higher Education of The United Methodist Church. 

A native to Greensville County, Va., Wray attended a three-room school with a potbelly stove which gave him a strong foundation for a lifetime of learning. Wray earned a Bachelor of Arts in both History and French from Mars Hill College, Mars Hill, N.C., and a Master of Divinity degree from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary, Wake Forest, N.C. While working at Vanderbilt University as the Director of Unclassified Studies and Head Counselor for the freshman class he also earned a Master of Arts and doctorate from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, Tenn. 

As a matter coincidence, President Wray’s returned to Cuthbert via Brevard College was initiated when former Andrew College President Rev. Billy Greer, Ph.D., Th.D., accepted the appointed to serve as President of Brevard College. In between theses appointment, Larry Brown served in the role as interim president until Wray began his tenure on Dec. 1, 1985.

Current Andrew College President Linda R. Buchanan shared the college community’s sympathy with the Wray family upon hearing the news. She said, “Andrew remains grateful for his service to the college, The United Methodist Church and to our community.”