Norman Gray, a senior biomedical scientist with 30 years of executive management experience across a wide range of health care disciplines, has been named the Carlton Highsmith Chair of Innovation and Entrepreneurship. “The appointment of Norman Gray to the Carlton Highsmith Chair illuminates the strength of our academic program while bringing a highly successful entrepreneur to Quinnipiac,” said Matthew O’Connor, dean of the School of Business. “Norm will provide strong, vibrant and visionary leadership in his new role.”
Gray holds eight U.S. and international medical device patents. In 1984, Gray founded and launched Gammahealth. Under Gray’s leadership, the company evolved from an incubator medical research and development organization to a multinational group of companies encompassing product development, manufacturing, distribution and sales worldwide. Gammahealth was eventually acquired in 2008.
”Professor Gray has successfully guided companies in all phases of development, including planning, startup, acquisition and international expansion,” said Carlton Highsmith, vice chairman of the Quinnipiac University Board of Trustees, who established the chair in 2012 with a $1 million gift. “Practical experience coupled with superb academic credentials from Penn State and MIT makes Dr. Gray uniquely qualified to hold this chair.”
In addition to teaching undergraduate entrepreneurship and engineering students at Quinnipiac, Gray will be responsible for the university’s Innovation Center and partnership with the Connecticut Center for Arts and Technology (ConnCAT) located in New Haven.
“The ConnCAT Entrepreneurial Academy is designed to help an entire generation of inner-city youth gain an appreciation for entrepreneurship and free enterprise,” according to Erik Clemons, ConnCAT’s executive director. “Students will learn what it takes to build a business from that first idea to the birth of a successful company,” Clemons said. “Quinnipiac University students will serve as mentors, sharing their knowledge of finance, management, marketing and advertising while also serving as role models for our students.”
Gray earned his doctorate in mechanical engineering from MIT. He also holds a bachelor’s degree from Penn State.