Dr. Laruth Gray dedicates herself to improving the quality of education, the quality of life for children (particularly those of vulnerable populations), and social issues that address equity and opportunity.
A retired Superintendent of Schools in Westchester County, she currently serves as Scholar in Residence at NYU's Steinhardt School of Education's Metropolitan Center for Research on Equity and the Tranformation of Schools. Prior to that, she served as affiliate faculty at NYU and deputy director of the Center.
Among the accomplishments attributed to Gray is the design and development of the plan, process, and implementation to reorganize the New Rochelle Public schools to address the twin problems of minority isolation and declining enrollment. As the Assistant Superintendent of schools, she garnered federal and state dollars to engage the larger community and the entire educational community in ways that have enabled sustainability of the reorganization features to date.
During her tenure as Superintendent of Schools, she was honored by the Kennedy Center's Alliance for Arts Education as an outstanding educator contributing and supporting the arts in education.
She maintains membership in numerous professional and community organizations that reflect her intense devotion to quality of life improvement includign but not limited to The Westchester Library System (past President), Arts Westchester (President Emeritus), The County's Fair Campaign Pratices Committee, and the Westchester Children's Museum Educational Advisory Committee. She serves on serveeral boards of national professional organizations.