The New York State Society of CPAs will induct Robert L. Gray into the society's CPA Hall of Fame for his contributions to the profession and the larger community.

Gray first became a member of the society in 1961. He served as executive director of the society from 1972 to 1991, seeing membership levels swell from less than 19,000 to nearly 33,000 during his tenure. Gray also served in a variety of editorial capacities for the society's monthly publication, "The CPA Journal," becoming the journal's publisher in the 1980s. Gray later served as the chairman of the New York State Board of Public Accountancy in 2004-05.

Lou Grumet, the society's current executive director, nominated Gray for the award and praised Gray's work to heighten the education requirements for New York's CPAs.

"[Gray] saw the birth of the Foundation for Accounting Education and during his tenure beefed up its offerings to more than 1,000 courses, all the while working to make self-regulatory activities of ethics enforcement, peer review and continuing education part of a regulation partnership with the State Education Department," Grumet said, in a statement. Gray was also a major booster of the society's Career Opportunities in the Accounting Profession program, which was introduced in 1987 and has exposed hundreds of minority high school students to the profession.

Gray was a college professor in upstate New York for senior and graduate students before working for the society. The presentation will take place on May 18 at the society's 109th Annual Election Meeting in New York.

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