B.S., Longwood University; M.S., James Madison University; Ph.D., CSCS, Virginia Commonwealth University
Dr. Gray Lipford is a native of Virginia, having lived in Tidewater, the Shenandoah Valley and, more recently Richmond. After obtaining a B.S. in Physical Education – Sports Communication at Longwood and a M.S. in Athletic Administration at James Madison, Dr. Lipford spent the next 15 years working as a personal trainer and managing fitness programs and facilities at both for-profit and not-for-profit venues. Just before returning for his Ph.D. he was the Operations Director for the James Center YMCA in downtown Richmond and trained the fitness staff for the Richmond YMCA Association branches.
Dr. Lipford earned his Ph.D. in Exercise Physiology from Virginia Commonwealth University where he researched the effects of resistance exercise on vascular function on obese and non-obese individuals.
Before coming to Methodist University in 2011, Dr. Lipford was a visiting professor in the Exercise Science department at UNC Chapel Hill.
At Methodist, Dr. Lipford coordinates both the Exercise and Sport Science and the Community Health Education programs. His research interests are varied, but include resistance exercise, cardiovascular fitness testing and effective teaching methods in physiology.
Dr. Lipford is an avid lifter, runner, and cyclist and enjoys spending time with his wife, Lauri (whom he met playing volleyball) and his son, Logan.