Position: Dean Emeritus
B.A., Duquesne University
M.A., Bowie State University
Ph.D., George Washington University
Fields of Expertise:
- Strategic Management
- Faith Based Entrepreneurship
- Organizational Behavior
Davis joined the university’s faculty in 2001 as assistant professor of business management and founding director of the Business Institute for Entrepreneurship. He was promoted to associate professor in 2006 and to professor in 2012, the same year he was appointed dean.
During his tenure, Davis increased enrollment for the business school by 77 percent and increased full-time faculty from 13 to 25, while also making the business school one of the most diverse schools on campus.
Davis was actively involved in global experiential learning, leading many business school and university-wide study abroad trips, immersing students in a variety of cultural and business perspectives, and attracting students to campus from other countries.
He received many accolades for his work as a faculty member and administrator, including the James R. and Mary B. Wilkins Appreciation Award, Teacher of the Year Award and the Student Government Association’s Award for his commitment to students.
Miles Davis, Ph.D. was named the 20th president of Linfield College in McMinnville, Oregon in 2018.
Miles Davis has so many tremendous gifts as a leader, visionary thinker and communicator. He employed those gifts well in ways that raised the profile of Shenandoah University and the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business. Because of his efforts, Shenandoah is well-positioned to attract another great business school dean. His departure marked the end of an era, as he is the last dean who will have met the school’s namesake. Shenandoah’s loss is a great gain for Linfield College. I am confident that he will be a terrific college president.
President Tracy Fitzsimmons, Ph.D.
Davis was the first college president to come out of The Ph.D. Project, a network that helps members of underrepresented communities attain doctorates and become leaders in higher education. He is the first African-American president in Linfield College’s 160-year history.
Shenandoah University and the Byrd School have been a part of my life for 17 years. I have learned a lot from our faculty, staff and administrators. The university and the greater community have been a very supportive, collaborative environment for me.”