Albany – The State University of New
York Board of Trustees today voted unanimously to name Dr. Alan Davis president
of SUNY’s Empire State College. Dr. Davis’ appointment is effective Aug. 1, 2008.
Previously, Dr. Davis served
as vice president of education at Vancouver Community College in Vancouver, B.C. The
appointment of Dr. Davis follows an international search.
“I welcome Alan
Davis to higher education in the U.S., and I congratulate him on becoming
president of SUNY’s Empire State College. Alan’s experience and skills are a
perfect fit for the campus’ mission,” said SUNY Board Chairman Carl T. Hayden.
“The Empire State College Council and the search committee have earned our
praise and commendation for their hard work and successful efforts in
attracting such an outstanding individual to lead Empire State College.”
“Alan Davis brings a new
perspective to Empire State College and to SUNY and I look forward to working
with him as we advance higher education opportunity and access for the
non-traditional students of New York,” said SUNY Interim Chancellor Dr. John B.
Clark. “I congratulate Alan on becoming president of Empire State College.
“I am pleased and honored to
be named president of Empire State College by the SUNY Board of Trustees and I
appreciate the confidence of the chancellor, the search committee and the
Empire State College Council,” said Dr. Davis. “I eagerly look forward to
working with the students faculty and staff of Empire State to improve every
facet of the college.”
Dr. Alan Davis
Dr. Davis has
devoted his career to higher education. Since 2006, Dr. Davis has served as vice
president of education at VCC where he managed nine direct reports who oversaw
the work of 440 full-time and 250 part-time faculty. Dr. Davis played a key
role in all aspects of planning and development of distributed learning and
part-time studies, in degree development, and in building capacity in the
support of scholarship in teaching/learning and applied research.
He led the
writing of the VCC Campus 2020 submission and the College’s response to
“Thinking Ahead,” the provincial government’s review of postsecondary
education. He also led the development of a major Aboriginal Service Plan
proposal for 10 postsecondary and Aboriginal partners, which received more than
$1 million in funding.
From 2003 to
2006, Dr. Davis served as vice president of academic learner services at Niagara College in Ontario. In this capacity he was responsible for all academic programming,
learning enterprises, academic governance processes and issues, and all student
services, including but not limited to library, registrar, athletics,
residences, and recruitment. He managed 350 full-time and at least as many
part-time staff and was responsible for a $52 million budget.
service, Dr. Davis renewed the academic climate at Niagara College through the re-organization of divisions and the establishment of a center for teaching
and learning. He also implemented polices for program approval and review, as
well as for faculty evaluation and development. During Dr. Davis’ term,
applied research developed substantially, he led the establishment of a
research office, and he developed plans for the future of e-learning at the
Davis served as vice president- academic at Athabasca University, Alberta which is Canada’s leading distance learning and on-line university and shares a
similar mission to that of Empire State College.
position, he held numerous positions at BC Open University, Burnaby, including:
director for science and humanities, director of administrative and applied
studies, acting vice-president, acting principal (1989 – 1996); institutional
evaluation officer, Centre for Curriculum and Professional Development,
Victoria (1988-89); Elected Chair of Natural Sciences, University College of
the Fraser Valley (1987-1989).
A chemist by training, Dr. Davis earned a Ph.D. and M.Sc in Chemistry from Simon Fraser University, and a B.Sc. (Honors) in Chemistry from the University of London.
Dr. Davis' own 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 university level.
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.
In addition to Dr. Davis'
extensive academic publications and presentations, he is a published
Dr. Davis 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.
As president of Empire State
College, he will earn a salary of $210,000 and a housing allowance of $4,000
per month. Dr. Davis succeeds Joseph Moore who served as president from March
2000 until June 2007, when he left to assume the presidency of Lesley University. Kimberly Cline served as Acting President from June 2007 until October
2007, at which time Joyce Elliott, provost and vice president for academic
affairs, began serving as Officer-in-Charge until she was appointed Interim
President in November 2007.
Interim Chancellor Clark also
expressed his gratitude and appreciation to Elliott and to Dr. Cline for their
leadership the campus conducted the search for a permanent president.
About Empire State
Founded in 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
the State University of New York
The State University of New
York is the largest comprehensive university system in the United States, educating more than 427,000 students in 7,669 degree and certificate
programs on 64 campuses. To learn more about how SUNY creates opportunity,