State University of New York Interim Chancellor John B. Clark today announced
that he will recommend Canadian educator Alan Davis to the SUNY Board of
Trustees for the presidency of Empire State College. Davis, currently vice
president education at Vancouver Community College, Vancouver, BC, has extensive experience in public higher education, specifically with adult learners.
very pleased to recommend Dr. Alan Davis to the Board of Trustees," said Clark. "Alan will bring a new perspective and a wealth of talent and experience to
Empire State College. I am confident he will be an outstanding president. I
also want to thank the Empire State College Council and its chair, Richard
Liebich, and each of the members of the search committee for their hard work
and successful efforts."
Davis is an accomplished educator, talented administrator whose dedication to
life-long learning is unsurpassed," said Empire State College Council and
Search Committee Chair Richard Liebich. "I know he will also impress the
SUNY Board of Trustees."
Board of Trustees is next scheduled to meet May 13, 2008, and it is anticipated
the Board will vote on Dr. Davis’ appointment at that time.
confidence the chancellor, the Empire State College Council and the Search
Committee have shown me is a tremendous honor and I look forward to meeting
with the SUNY Board," said Davis.
by training, Davis earned a B.Sc. with honors in Chemistry from the University of London in 1972. He went on to Simon Fraser University in British Columbia,
and earned an M.Sc and Ph.D. in chemistry in 1975 and 1980, respectively.
Community College, BC's oldest community college enrolls
more than 25,000 students. As vice president education, a position similar to that
of provost, Dr. Davis is responsible for programming in health sciences,
design, trades, hospitality, business, music, instructor education, arts and
science, language studies and continuing studies.
supervises nine direct reports, including all of the academic deans of the
college and the dean for instructional development.
Davis is responsible for leading 440
full-time and 250 part-time faculty members.
manages all the human and financial resources under his portfolio and has a key
role in all aspects of planning, in the development of distributed learning and
part-time studies, in degree development, and in building capacity in the
support of, scholarship in teaching and learning, and in applied research.
scholarship includes a focus on Prior Learning and Assessment—a process to
assess and accredit the learning adults obtain through work and other life
experiences, an important mechanism to enable adult learners to access higher
education and to acquire advanced standing for what they already know at the
He has also
published and presented on services to immigrants, blended learning, issues
related to degree recognition across Canada, and in professional and
organizational development in higher education.
to Davis' extensive academic publications and presentations, he is a published
Davis held important leadership positions at Niagara College, Ontario; Athabasca University, Alberta, BC; the Open University, Burnaby, BC; and taught Chemistry
for 12 years at the University College of the Fraser Valley, BC.
was born in Reading, England, and came to North America in 1972. He is married,
and father to four children: 3 adult daughters who live in BC, and a son who is
completing high school in Ontario.
About Empire State
1971, Empire State College, State University of New York, is one of the
university's 13 colleges of arts and sciences, accredited by the Middle States
Commission on Higher Education. Empire State College is uniquely designed to
serve adults pursuing associate, bachelor's and master's degrees. The college
offers affordable, SUNY degrees onsite at 35 locations in New York state and
abroad, as well as entirely online.
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