The banquet will take place at 7 p.m. Friday, Jan. 15, at the Quality Inn and Suites on Memorial Drive.
Tickets for the banquet at $30 for adults and $20 for children. For information or to obtain tickets, call Larry Lockey at (912) 816-6674.
A native of Waycross, Davis has earned the following degrees: bachelor of art from Spelman College, master of science from the University of Notre Dame and doctorate in mathematics from Rutgers.
Davis is married to retired Boy Scouts of America executive Gordon N. Davis Jr., of Macon.
They have three children and nine grandchildren of whom the Davises are extremely proud.
Davis is an internationally engaged educator. She has a distinguished reputation as a trailblazer, transitioning the glass ceiling in academe.
She was the first female to serve as dean of graduate studies, Albany State University (ASU); vice president for academic affairs and acting president at St. Cloud State University (Minnesota); and president of York College, a four-year institution within The City University System of New York (CUNY).
While in the latter capacity, she was chosen by the Korean ambassador to the U.S. as one of four citizen ambassadors to Korea for the state of New York.
Davis, a 1960 graduate and valedictorian of the Center High School class, later served as vice president for academic affairs, interim director of the Center for Enhancing Critical Thinking and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Fort Valley State University.
Named by the American Council on Education (ACE) as a leadership fellow to South Africa, she mentored Rector Bengu at Fort Hare University through the strategic planning process. Bengu became the first leader of a South African HBCU to transition his university (Nelson Mandela’s alma mater) into a post-apartheid, democratic institution.
The Honorable Bengu later became South Africa’s first minister of education.
Davis’ passion for global education evolved from her undergraduate experience in Tanzania as a member of Operations Crossroads Africa and from the prestigious Merrill Study-Travel Abroad Fellowship earned at Spelman College. As a Merrill Scholar, she traveled throughout Europe and earned the diplome and certificate de la langue francaise from l’universite de Besancon, France and l’universite de Lyons, France, respectively.
Later, she received the prestigious Kellogg Fellowship which facilitated international travels and conferences with governmental and international leaders on three continents.
Through the agency, Quality Education for Minorities (QEM), she has worked with mathematics faculty in Puerto Rico, America’s Tribal Colleges and the executive committee of the Pan-African Mathematical Olympiad (PAMO).
In the latter role, she worked with African leaders of PAMO to cultivate the talent pool of indigenous Africans capable of competing in the International Mathematics Olympiad. She worked with European and African mathematicians as well as African students from across the African continent at meetings held in Senegal, Burkina Fasso and Benin, West Africa.
In America, Davis — scholar, professor, administrator and mentor — is widely known as a mathematics curriculum specialist and program evaluator. She has reviewed HBCU-UP projects at such institutions as Morgan State University, Bennett College, Morris College, Norfolk State University, Bethune Cookman College and Virginia State University.
Chairing more than 20 on- and off-site SACS committees, Dr. Davis has provided leadership resulting in the recent accreditation of institutions such as Tarleton State University (Texas), Southern University at New Orleans, University of South Carolina at Aiken, Montevallo University and Winthrop University. She chaired FVSU’s QEP Committee with the QEP fully approved by SACS with no recommendations.
An experienced grants person, she has been awarded several million dollars to support academic and community initiatives.
Her scholarly publications and professional presentations focus on minority achievement in mathematics and leadership in higher education. She is the co-chair of FVSU’s Stanley Rutland Globetrotters Committee promoting faculty and student study and travel abroad opportunities.
A community servant, Davis has served as president of The Corporate Board of The Boys and Girls Clubs of The Georgia Heartlands, former national recording secretary, The Links, Incorporated, corresponding secretary for the Fort Valley Alumnae Chapter, Delta Sigma Theta Inc. and president of the Fort Valley Chapter of The Links, Incorporated.
Most notably, she has been named a “Giant in Science” by the Quality Education for Minorities in Science, Washington, D.C., A “Woman of Achievement” by the Career Women’s Network of Macon, the John W. Davison Outstanding Teacher of The Year at FVSU. Most Outstanding Teacher of the Year at Albany State University and the only African American honored by a Blue Ribbon Panel of the Albany Chamber of Commerce as Albany’s Woman of the Year.