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Wesley Gray

“I really like online classes for my schedule. On top of being a student-athlete, being in ROTC and a few other organizations, it’s made my life much easier.”
Major: Business Management, Minor in Military Sciences
Hometown: Phoenix, Arizona
Involvement: Cross Country and Track, ROTC, Student-Athlete Advisory Committee and Bass Fishing Club

College life is busy for Wesley Gray.

He’s a member of the Austin Peay cross country and track teams and a cadet in the University’s ROTC program. And he’s on track to graduate with a business management degree.

Wesley Gray runs in Cross Country course
Gray began his APSU Cross Country career in 2015.

His schedule has him on the run – literally.

But with APSU’s online business management classes, Gray’s time management becomes a bit simpler.

“I love online classes,” he said, estimating about half his classes are online. “They fit my practice schedule, and it’s easier when I travel.”

Learning online isn’t the only thing he’s found to love at APSU.

“I originally came here to run,” Gray, who was considering Officer Candidate School after college instead of ROTC, said. “I got here, and during the first few weeks, I thought I’d try out the ROTC program.

“I loved it.”


Gray is considering his options after graduation. He’d like to stay at APSU as a gold bar recruiter, a newly commissioned lieutenant who stays on campus to help the ROTC before reporting for active duty.

Regardless, he’d like to serve in the Army several years before attending graduate school or going to work for a private equity firm. He has experience with the private equity firm that bought his family’s business, Hollow Metal Xpress, in 2014.

“The ROTC at APSU is like a family,” Gray said. “There’s a lot of people who say that, but it’s actually true.

“APSU has allowed me to grow as an individual and opened many career paths along the way,” he said. “College has taught me how to adapt my schedule during overwhelming times in order to produce quality work, and the business professors I have had made it possible for me to be a student-athlete and an ROTC cadet.”