West Valley College President
is the 11th President of West Valley College. He has served the community in this role since June 2012.
During his tenure at WVC, Mr. Davis has generated record-levels of philanthropic interest in the college. In his first three years as president, he has raised over $5 million in private gifts, including $3.9 million from E. Floyd and Jeane Kvamme to build a state of the art planetarium on campus. He has also secured two other major gifts to name campus buildings, including the William and Leila Cilker School of Art and Design and the Feng Pei Che Family School of Professional Studies.
Under his leadership, the college has reimagined its art and design programs by creating the Cilker School and forging new partnerships with the arts community including Montalvo Arts Center. The college also established the Viking Lounge to provide students with increased social and cultural opportunities on campus. In addition, WVC boasts one of the state's preeminent veteran's resource centers providing counseling, study space, and financial assistance, made possible by donations from Daniel E. Furtado and the Los Gatos Lions Club.
In 2015, Mr. Davis successfully led the college to a full reaccreditation with the Association of California Community and Junior Colleges. In the same year, he also led the college in the creation of an innovative 5-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan.
As president, Mr. Davis has maintained a high profile with students, established closer partnerships with local community organizations and businesses, and cultivated and developed college programs that align with the needs of the district's residents.
Before serving as college president Mr. Davis held a number of senior leadership positions in public higher education.
Immediately prior to assuming the presidency, Mr. Davis served as Associate Vice Chancellor for Human Resources and Advancement at the West Valley-Mission Community College District. He set the strategy for the District's advancement, public communication, and human resources operations for the 1,400 faculty and staff working at West Valley College, Mission College, and the District Office. He served as the District's chief labor negotiator and liaison with its four labor unions and two employee associations, and oversaw diversity programs, employee benefits, fundraising, government and public affairs, learning and professional development, legal compliance, personnel, and recruitment.
Prior to beginning his career with the District in 2009, Mr. Davis served for ten years in a variety of leadership positions at San Jose State University, where he was most recently the AAVP for Faculty Affairs. While at SJSU, Mr. Davis served as a member of the CSU system wide collective bargaining team, was a founding member of the University's Crisis Assessment and Intervention Team, and secured a prestigious ACE-Sloan grant for Faculty Career Flexibility.
He served as an adjunct faculty member at Santa Clara University, San Jose State University, and Vanderbilt University. Mr. Davis is a frequently invited presenter on a wide variety of topics for public and state agencies including collective bargaining, facilities bonds, strategic planning, risk management, and organizational development.
Mr. Davis holds a Bachelor's degree in psychology from Gannon University where he lettered in two NCAA Division II sports, and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University's College of Law. He resides in Foster City with his wife Angie and their two children, Gavin and Lauren. In his very little spare time, he enjoys playing and collecting vintage electric guitars, watching his children play sports, and traveling with his wife.