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HBCU Grad becomes Community College of Beaver County’s first African American President

Community College of Beaver County’s (CCBC) of Board of Trustees announced Monday that it has appointed Dr. Roger W. Davis as the 9th president of the college, effective immediately. Dr. Davis has served as the interim president since May 2018 and also becomes the college’s youngest leader to-date. He is the first African American president in the school’s 52-year history.

He originally joined CCBC as the Executive Vice President and Provost on July 18, 2016.

“It has been a pleasure to serve as interim president over the last several months, and I look forward to continuing the momentum we’ve built,” said Dr. Davis. “CCBC is uniquely positioned to help both traditional and non-traditional students advance their careers and their lives, and I’m delighted to be able to continue working alongside such phenomenal faculty and staff and to continue engaging with our student body.”

“The unanimous decision was made at the February 26 Board of Trustees meeting, after an eight-month comprehensive review process for which the Board contracted with Compass Business Solutions, Inc. (Compass) to conduct an objective, third-part assessment of the leadership capabilities and suitability for promotion of Interim President Davis for the role of President.

Compass employed multiple tools to invite participation and feedback from stakeholders across the college and within the local community, including focus groups, one-on-one interviews, a 25-question online employee survey and a 13-question student survey. In all, a total of 87 individuals participated in the 360degree evaluation.

Board Chair Dr. Robery Postupac said of the decision, “After a thorough and rigorous vetting process, we are proud and excited to announce Dr. Davis as the next president of CCBC. He is a dynamic, approachable forward-thinking leader who will continue to advance the college and drive its strategic plan forward.”

“As we focus on our core values, I look forward to working together with Dr. Davis to raise the value of CCBC and to focus on areas of strategic priority that grow the college and its staff and serve Beaver County well in the future,” said Kim Turcola, Information Specialist and Educational Support Personnel Association President (ESPA).

Dr. Davis’s many accomplishments since taking on the role of the interim president include:

  • Securing more than $4.5 million in grants and gifts since May 2018;
  • Developing the college’s new long-term strategic plan focusing on the areas of enrollment, retention, completion, fiscal strength, and satisfaction;
  • Spearheading community engagement activities;
  • Reigniting a campus culture of openness and inclusion through new core values centered on respect, accountability, integrity, students first, and excellence; and
  • Successfully negotiating and securing new contract terms with both the faculty and staff unions.

“I am delighted that Dr. Davis has been chosen as CCBC’s next president as he is the right person with the right voice to assist during a season of transition for Beaver County and its residents. He understands the integral role that the College can and should play in helping communities and in assisting the County as it moves forward, and is an accomplished leader who skillfully navigates not just the higher education landscape, but community, economic, and political ones too. In his new role, Dr. Davis will be an even grater asset to CCBC, Beaver County and the people that we at the Franklin Center server,” said Dr. Cheryl L. King, Executive Director of The Franklin Center of Beaver County, located in Aliquippa, PA.

With experience in non-profit, for-profit, traditional and non-traditional institutions, Dr. Davis has used these opportunities to lead, serve and teach throughout his career.

He came to CCBC from SUNY Rockland Community College in Suffern, New York, where he served as Associate Vice President for Instruction and Academic Services. He earned his B.A. in English from the University of Maryland Eastern Shores, an M.S. in Adult Education from Coppin State University and his doctoral degree in Urban Educational Leadership from Morgan State University.

Locally, he is involved in a wide range of professional and community organizations, including the Beaver County Chamber of Commerce, the United Way of Beaver County and the Franklin Center of Beaver County, where he currently serves as Board Chair. Dr. Davis also works as a Team Evaluator for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education and has been the recipient of many awards and honors, including the Humanitarian of the Year Award from the ACT, Inc. of Rockland County, NY.



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