Dean of the Harry F. Byrd Jr., School of Business Miles Davis, Ph.D., was awarded the Martin Luther King Jr. Award for Justice on Wednesday, July 17, for his work with the Chicago community and his endeavors in education. The United Covenant Churches of Christ (UCCC) presented this award to Dr. Davis at its annual convocation in Tysons Corner, Va.

“I believe that education is transformational,” said Davis. “It doesn’t matter where you came from; at Shenandoah University we will meet you where you are to help you be successful. We all must make a difference in the world. If we’re not making a difference, then what impact do we have?”

While at an accrediting conference in Chicago, Davis connected with UCCC Bishop James Dukes, and since then, the two have worked together to come up with economic solutions to counteract the economic challenges experienced by many individuals living in Chicago’s inner city.

According to Davis, businesses have a social responsibility and an opportunity to make a difference in the communities in which they operate. Similarly, institutions of higher education, in particular business schools, also have an opportunity to train individuals with basic skills to empower themselves.

“It didn’t matter to me that it was Chicago or any other place. Bishop Dukes was trying to make a difference in a place that was really troubled.”

Read more about Davis’ award in an article by The Winchester Star here.