News - Suzanne Davis Selected for Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Program
Suzanne Davis Selected for Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission Programby Rachel Heston-Davis
Suzanne Allison Davis, executive vice president and chief legal officer at Greenville University, is one of 20 senior college administrators chosen by the Council of Independent Colleges for the 2018-2019 Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program.
The program guides senior administrators considering college presidency to evaluate and clarify their personal sense of vocation, and to examine how personal vocation aligns with the institutional mission of schools they might lead.
The program’s stated goal is “to increase the commitment across American higher education to vocation and mission as fundamentally linked concepts for building and sustaining successful presidencies in independent colleges and universities.” It is funded through a grant from the Lilly Endowment, LLC.
Davis, along with other participants and their spouses or partners, will attend summer and winter seminars and dialogue with experienced facilitators. Throughout the year-long program, she will complete readings on the topic of vocation and college mission.
Davis embarks on the program with a broad range of experience in higher education under her belt. Before her role as executive VP and chief legal officer, Davis served Greenville University as dean of the Briner School of Business, as chief of staff and as assistant professor of business. Most recently, Davis played an instrumental role in initiating the Greenville SMART program, a collaboration between university, community and regional businesses that seeks to cultivate economic development and educational opportunities.
“During the last number of years, Suzanne has held several important positions at the university and this opportunity will expand her vision of what is possible in higher education,” says Greenville University President Ivan Filby. “Selection to the program is highly competitive; it speaks volumes about Suzanne’s skillset, personality and drive that she was selected from among many applicants.”