In a meeting on Thursday, September 22, 2022, the Board of Trustees of Livingstone College elected Rev. Dr. Anthony Davis as the historic institution’s 13th president.
Davis is the 1st alumnus to be named president in over 30 years. A 2001 magnum cum laude graduate of Livingstone, Dr. Davis’ appointment represents the restoration of a culture that has served both school and church very well in time past. As an alumnus and Presiding Elder in the A.M.E. Zion Church, Davis comes with a unique vested interest in the College’s success.
Since 2019 Dr. Davis has served as Chief Operating Officer and Vice-President of Institutional Advancement at Livingstone and prior to that he Davis served the college as a consultant for philanthropy and development, and led the college’s Tom Joyner Foundation School of the Month campaign in February. As a result, the college raised $3.3 million in philanthropic support with $200,000 earmarked for scholarships.
He has spent the past 11 years employed as vice president for development with The Consortium for Graduate Study in Management, the nation’s oldest diversity pipeline organization. The Consortium secures and provides scholarship support for qualified underrepresented minorities (African Americans, Hispanic Americans and Native Americans) to attend 20 of the nation’s top graduate business schools.
While with The Consortium, he effectively managed the organization’s comprehensive development program, where he provided leadership and strategic direction for the following focus areas: corporate philanthropy, foundation relations, individual giving and student and alumni relations, which supported and sustained the organization’s $42 million economic model.
Davis also secured the largest gift from an individual donor in the organization’s 54-year history – a $1 million philanthropic contribution.
He played an integral role in the growth and upward trajectory of The Consortium’s overall development program. His collective body of work resulted in more than 120 new corporate and non-profit partnerships, securing more than $240 million in support of student scholarships. Some of those partnerships included Google, Facebook, Apple, Bain, McKinsey, Bank of America, JP Morgan Chase, Citi and General Mills, to name a few.
A member of the Livingstone College Class of 2001, Davis graduated magna cum laude. He 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 this field. He attended The Fundraising School of Indiana University – Bloomington’s Center of Philanthropy (Indiana University-Purdue University Indianapolis) and completed his doctoral work at The United Theological Seminary, Dayton, Ohio, where he earned a Doctor of Ministry degree.
His doctoral project, “Beyond The Plate: Economic Sufficiency for an Aging Congregation,” was a qualitative research project designed to determine if an aging congregation can be equipped, educated and empowered to realize economic sufficiency by leveraging asset based stewardship models.
One of his favorite quotes is from John Maxwell, “There are many things we can accomplish together, and very few we can accomplish alone.”