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Pamela Davis New Vice-President for Advancement
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If you asked different people each to compose
a list of what a South Georgia summer means to them, you’d probably
get a wide variety of answers.
It’s almost inevitable, however, that
if you compared results, everyone would have heat and humidity as their top
two answers, but not necessarily
in that order.
So when someone with South Georgia roots
devotes fifteen years of their professional career working at the University
of Alaska Fairbanks, it’s pretty much
understood they would experience a sort of “climate shock” upon
relocating to Mount Vernon, Georgia.
As expected, while sitting in Pamela Davis’ new
office on the campus of Brewton-Parker College, the room temperature sends
a chilling reminder that
she is still adjusting to the new climate.
“I know I grew up in South Georgia,” Ms. Davis admits humorously, “but
I haven’t been able to readjust to the humidity yet.”
In spite of trying to adapt to her new climate, Pamela Davis has quickly become
a major asset to Brewton-Parker College as the newly appointed Vice President
Ms. Davis brings an exciting vision to her
new position and has set very attainable goals for herself and her team.
Before any of that can be fully appreciated,
however, one must know a little bit about this sweet, southern lady who has
lived in the harsh, dry climate that is “The Last Frontier.”
One of the things you’ll find most important in Ms. Davis’ life
is family. She grew up in Jesup with her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Emory (Jerrie)
Davis, who still reside there and continue to be very active in the community.
She has one brother, Jerry Davis, who lives in Valdosta. A graduate of Wayne
County High School, Ms. Davis was very active in various clubs and sports,
even playing basketball for the Lady Yellow Jackets.
Her love for sports continues to play a vital role in her life today as she
enjoys swimming and hitting golf balls on the driving range.
But it all begins and ends with family. The most important part of her life
outside of work is being a great aunt to her three great nieces, ages three,
four, and six.
“Living in Alaska did not afford me the opportunity to be a vital part
of their lives,” says Ms. Davis. “Now that I’ve moved back
to Georgia, I have a chance to be a part of all of their special events, which
is a thrill for me.”
Ms. Davis’ career experience spans
thirty years in fundraising with twenty of those years devoted to public
education. As a certified fundraiser,
she holds the CFRE designation. Of the 28,000 registered fundraisers across
the country, only 5,000 actually are certified as a CFRE. Her most recently
held positions were Director of Development at Valdosta State University from
1985 to 1990 and Executive Director of Development at the University of Alaska
Fairbanks for the last fifteen years.
“Alaska truly is ‘The Last Frontier.’ The
people in Fairbanks were wonderful and some of the most well read, well versed,
and well cultured
people you will ever meet.”
What made her appreciate the people of Fairbanks
even more were the old fashioned beliefs and values they exhibited; some
of which you’ll still find in
the Deep South today.
“In Alaska, a handshake was a contract,” Ms. Davis remembers, “and
in a harsh, dry climate like Fairbanks, people would help people. If you had
family members flying in for a visit, all you had to do was let your neighbors
know and they would be there for you, helping in any way they could so that
your family would feel most welcome.”
When Ms. Davis left the University and the people of Fairbanks, she began
to wonder, after thirty years of fundraising, if her life and career needed
to move in a completely different direction.
“I began to ask myself, ‘Do I want to do something else?’ My
original plan was to take a year off, enjoy what life has to offer, and then
begin to consider different job opportunities. God made it clear that He had
a plan already in place for me and it didn’t include taking extra time
She still didn’t actively pursue job vacancies, only sending her resume’ out
to one or two different places.
“I saw the Brewton-Parker position
and knew the college was a good, faith-based school. To me, one of the most
important traits that a school should
have is that it is faith-based.”
When she began to consider Brewton-Parker and how working there would allow
her to be close to family again, Ms. Davis knew it could potentially be a very
“To me, the job was intriguing enough
that I would be able to put my experience and abilities to good use and I
would be close enough to family.”
In keeping with her views regarding the importance of family, it was her two
nephews who gave her the confirmation she needed to return to Georgia.
“I was actively involved in my nephews’ lives
when they were young. While I was considering this job, they told me they
wanted their girls to know
me like they (the nephews) did when they were young.”
After further prayer and consideration, she felt comfortable that Brewton-Parker
was where God wanted her to be. On April 10, she walked into her office to
begin her first official day of work.
Besides family playing a huge role in the process, there were some additional
features about Brewton-Parker and the Toombs-Montgomery County area that really
attracted her to the position.
“I love being in a small community. You have many opportunities in which
to get involved in a community this size. Being on a small campus, you are
able to get to know the students a lot better than you would at a bigger institution.
It feels like I am stepping into a great family situation. You don’t
really get that on a bigger campus.”
Ms. Davis is quick to give praise to the team already in place in her department
and the work they have done while the college was conducting a search to replace
Rev. Jay Orr who retired in September 2005.
“I could not have stepped into a better situation than what is already
in place here at Brewton-Parker,” explains Ms. Davis. “I have an
outstanding team and we are excited about what the future holds for this institution.”
Although still fairly new on campus, Ms. Davis already has set a vision and
put goals in place for Brewton-Parker that will only allow the school to succeed
for years to come.
“Jay Orr did an excellent job of strengthening
the foundation. My goal is to build upon that foundation and take Brewton-Parker
to the next level.
I hope the person that follows me will continue to aim at taking Brewton-Parker
one step higher.”
She also firmly believes that students are the top priority.
“No student that wants to come here should be turned away for a lack
of funds. The students are what it’s all about. I love watching them
grow and become the leaders God wants them to be as they work to complete their
college education. I hope to give back to Brewton-Parker what the students
are already giving to me.”
Dr. David R. Smith, president of Brewton-Parker, is excited about Ms. Davis
joining the Brewton-Parker family.
”I am delighted to have Pamela Davis as a senior colleague,” said
Dr. Smith. “She brings to her new post years of successful experience
in higher education philanthropy, a full understanding of the people of South
Georgia, and a deep Christian commitment. Those are the attributes necessary
to help Brewton-Parker College enjoy an ever more impressive future.”
Ms. Davis says she still gets emotional at graduation when she watches students
she has followed over the years receive their diplomas.
“The college should be a huge influence on a student’s
life. We should always know that somehow we made a difference.”