Lloyd Gray, Phil Hardin Foundation

TITLE: Executive Director

FOCUS AREAS: Education in Mississippi, early childhood education, literacy

CONTACT:  601-483-4282, info@philhardin.org

PROFILE:  Lloyd Gray is the executive director of the Phil Hardin Foundation and took over this role in July 2015. He was previously the executive director of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo.

In the announcement of his hiring, the Meridian Star shared:

A native Mississippian, Gray is a 1972 graduate of Meridian High School and earned a B.A. Degree in History from Millsaps College in 1976. He started in journalism as a sports writer at The Meridian Star at age 16 and began his professional career as a reporter for the Delta Democrat-Times in Greenville. He spent 12 years as a reporter, Capitol correspondent and managing editor for The Sun Herald in Biloxi-Gulfport, before serving as a Mississippi Assistant Secretary of State.

He returned home as editor of The Meridian Star from 1990 to 1992 before moving to Tupelo, where he has served for 23 years as executive editor of the Daily Journal, whose stock is owned by the CREATE Foundation and whose top news and editorial emphasis is education.

Gray is a past president of the Mississippi Press Association and chairman of the MPA Education Foundation board. He has held numerous civic and church leadership roles. He and his wife, Sally, have three grown children.

His foundation bio shares:

Lloyd Gray is the Executive Director of the Phil Hardin Foundation. A native Mississippian and longtime state journalist, Mr. Gray was Executive Editor of the Northeast Mississippi Daily Journal in Tupelo from 1992 until 2015. Before that he served as Editor of The Meridian Star and Managing Editor of The Sun Herald on the Mississippi Gulf Coast and was an Assistant Secretary of State for the State of Mississippi. A graduate of Millsaps College, he is a past President of the Mississippi Press Association and former Chairman of its Education Foundation.