Furman’s leader plans to visit First Baptist Manning

BY SHARRON HALEY
Special to The Sumter Item
Posted 2/1/19

MANNING — Furman University President Dr. Elizabeth Davis will be guest speaker at First Baptist Manning, 49 W. Boyce St., at 11 a.m. Sunday.

“We are so excited to have Dr. Davis speak at our …

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Furman’s leader plans to visit First Baptist Manning

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MANNING — Furman University President Dr. Elizabeth Davis will be guest speaker at First Baptist Manning, 49 W. Boyce St., at 11 a.m. Sunday.

“We are so excited to have Dr. Davis speak at our church,” said former Manning Mayor Pansy Ridgeway and a lifelong member of First Baptist Manning. “We’d love to have the community come out and welcome Dr. Davis to Manning.”

Davis became Furman’s 12th president in 2014. Under her leadership, Furman has instituted The Furman Advantage, a distinctive vision for higher education that combines “learning with immersive experiences outside the classroom by creating personalized pathways that prepare students for lives of purpose, successful careers and community benefits.”

The Furman Advantage was launched in 2016 through a $47 million grant from The Duke Foundation.

Recognizing Davis’ initiative and vision, the National Society of Experiential Education selected her as the recipient of the William M. Burke Presidential Award for Excellence in Experiential Education, an award that is presented annually to a sitting college president who has made “significant contributions to experiential education.”

Davis, who received her Bachelor’s degree in Business Administration from Baylor University in 1984 and a Ph.D. from Duke University in 1992, spent 22 years at Baylor where she served most recently as its executive vice president and provost. In addition to serving as a member of Baylor’s accounting faculty, she has served as its vice provost for financial and academic administration, associate dean for undergraduate business programs and acting chairwoman of the Department of Accounting and Business Law. Before beginning her career in higher education, Davis spent three years at Arthur Andersen & Co. in New Orleans.

Davis is active in many professional, civic and community organizations. She is a member of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors and an honorary member of the Board of Governors of the Commerce Club. She is also a member of the Greenville Rotary Club, American Council on Education’s Women’s Network Executive Committee and the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission. She has also been recognized by Greenville Business Magazine as one of Greenville’s “50 Most Influential People.”

Davis is a member of the Council of Presidents, an advisory group of college and university chief executives who provide guidance to the Association of Governing Board of Universities and Colleges on issues of governance in higher education. She is also a member of the Council of Independent Colleges Board of Directors.

“We are very fortunate to have her as a guest speaker at our church, and we’re looking forward to her visit,” Ridgeway said. “We’re inviting everyone to attend our morning services on Sunday to hear her message.”