Distinguished Alumnus Award: Dr. Ruthann E. Grey, ’66, ’71

Ruthann E. Grey, Class of 1966 and 1971

Ruthann Grey, Ph.D., received a bachelor of science degree in history education and a master’s degree in education
from Buffalo State College. She earned her Ph.D. in higher education administration from the State University of New York at Buffalo in 1981 and completed the Harvard University School of Business Administration’s Program for Management Development in 1987.

Dr. Grey began her career as a history teacher at Bennett High School and later worked at Erie Community College and the University at Buffalo. She enjoyed a long and distinguished career in business working for national and global organizations in executive roles. She was the director of public affairs at Burroughs Corporation, executive assistant to the chairman of the board at Equitable Life Assurance Society, and marketing manager for the New York Times. In 1990, she was named division manager of corporate relations and internal communi- cations at the Public Service Company of Colorado before returning to the East Coast to assume the position of corporate vice president for communications at Hoechst Celanese, a German chemical and pharmaceutical company, and later vice president for global communications and public affairs at Aventis Pharmaceuticals. In 2004, Dr. Grey founded the Caunos Group, a global strategic communications consulting  rm whose clients included Johnson & Johnson, Schering- Plough Corporation, Novartis, and Merck & Co.

Dr. Grey served on multiple boards of directors, including the Citizens Scholarship Foundation of America, the Public Education and Business Coalition, the Raritan Valley Community College Foundation, the New York City Police Foundation, and the Lake Superior College Board of Trustees. She was appointed by the governor of Colorado to the Commission on Children and Families and the Colorado Child Health Plan. She is listed in the World Who’s Who of Women, Who’s Who in America, and Who’s Who of American Women.

Since retiring, she has lived in rural western New Jersey, where she built a  ve-acre perennial garden, and in New York City, where she currently lives with her husband, volunteers weekly in Central Park, and enjoys meditation, traveling, and spending time with her six grandchildren.