SALISBURY, NC – The Livingstone College Board of Trustees voted unanimously to name Dr. Anthony J. Davis as the 13th president of the College, announced by the College on Thursday.
The announcement was made Thursday, Sept. 22, during the Board of Trustees’ annual fall meeting held on campus, following an executive session. Davis, an alumnus of Livingstone College, currently serves as senior vice president of Institutional Advancement and chief operating officer.
“The Search Committee was very intentional on finding someone that would embrace students, understand the culture of the school and be familiar with the community,” said Bishop Kenneth Monroe, chairman of the board. “We had good candidates. We had to look at the vision of the person and if that person was able to connect with the ideals we were looking for.”
“I recognized Dr. Davis’ talents and his willingness to roll up his sleeves and to work hard. That’s why I appointed him chief operating officer,” said Dr. Jimmy R. Jenkins, Sr., outgoing Livingstone College President. “In essence, he has been practicing to step into the step of president.”
“I’m happy, I’m humbled, and I’m honored to be selected to serve as the 13th president of Livingstone College,” said Davis. “Twenty-one years ago, I started on this journey to become president. It is true what poet Langston Hughes said, ‘Dreams don’t die, they are deferred.’”
“I praise the Livingstone College Board of Trustees and the Search Committee for their authenticity and thoughtfulness in selecting a leader who embraces a student-centered environment and heeds the culture of the College. Someone who will dominate to fill the shoes of what Dr. Jenkins’ legacy has already marked,” said Demetrius Johnson, Jr., Founder, President & CEO at HBCU Campaign Fund. “I truly applaud Dr. Jenkins for an amazing job well done. He is truly a trailblazer in the space of higher ed and HBCUs. And I congratulate Dr. Davis on becoming the 13th President of the College. We at HCF appreciate his continuous leadership and wish very best in his tenure.”
Prior to Livingstone College, Davis served as the vice president for development with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the nation’s oldest diversity pipeline organization.
A 2001 graduate of Livingstone College, Davis earned his Master of Arts degree in philanthropy and development from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, one of the only advanced degrees offered in the field. He attended the Fundraising School of Indiana – Bloomington’s Center of Philanthropy (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and completed his doctoral work at the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.
About Livingstone College
Livingstone College is a private historically black college that is secured by a strong commitment to quality instruction, academic excellence and student success. Through a Christian-based environment suitable for holistic learning, Livingstone provides excellent business, liberal arts, STEAM, teacher education and workforce development programs for students from all ethnic backgrounds designed to promote lifelong learning, and to develop students potential for leadership and service to a global community. For more information, visit www.livingstone.edu.