Pamela Gray

Pamela Gray
Phone: (619) 260-4681
Office: Degheri Alumni Center 123

Assistant Vice President, Media Communications

  • MSEL, University of San Diego
  • BA, University of California, San Diego; Communications

Pamela Gray Payton is the assistant vice president for Media and Digital Communications. Appointed in 2003, Gray Payton works closely with the president, vice president of University Relations and other senior administrators to develop and implement strategies that advance the mission of the University of San Diego by educating and informing internal and external constituencies about important institutional initiatives, priorities and thought leaders. Gray Payton leads a professional staff responsible for institutional media relations and digital communications including the university’s website and social media strategies. As the chief university spokesperson, she is responsible for issues management, crisis planning and communications.

Before assuming the assistant vice president role in 2003, Gray Payton served as the university's Community and Government Relations director for six years.

An active member of the campus community, Gray Payton serves on a number of campus committees. She is a founding member of the university’s Changemaker Hub Core Group where she continues to serve, and she is the co-founder of the Black Student Retention and Recognition Committee which served as a catalyst for the creation of the Black Student Resource Center.

With her unwavering commitment to others, Gray Payton serves on the boards of Birthing Project, U.S.A., La Jolla Country Day School, and the San Diego Chapter of Jack and Jill of America, Inc. She is a member of the California Elected Women's Association for Education and Research; the Public Relations Society of America, San Diego, and the San Diego Press Club. A former Girl Scouts San Diego-Imperial Council board member, Gray Payton continues to serve the organization as a troop leader.