Miles K. Davis Will Be the First African American President of Linfield College in Oregon

The board of trustees of Linfield College in Oregon has announced that Miles K. Davis will be the educational institution’s twentieth president. When Dr. Davis takes office on July 1, he will be the first African American to lead the college in its 160-year history.

Linfield College, located southwest of Portland, enrolls about 1,600 undergraduate students. African Americans are just 2 percent of the student body. The college also operates a nursing school in Portland.

Currently, Dr. Davis is dean of the Harry F. Byrd Jr. School of Business at Shenandoah University in Winchester, Virginia. He joined the faculty there is 2001 and was named dean of the business school in 2012.

In accepting his appointment as president, Dr. Davis said, “Linfield College, with its strong roots in the liberal arts and world-class professional programs, is meeting the needs of a dynamic world. I am honored to be invited to help lead Linfield, as the college helps lead the region, country and world in connecting learning, life and community.”

Dr. Davis is a graduate of Duquesne University in Pittsburgh, where he majored in communications. He holds a master’s degree in human resource development from Bowie State University in Maryland and a Ph.D. in human and organizational sciences from George Washington University in Washington, D.C..

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  1. Great,great news- The first African American president of Linfield College. Never thought this would happen in my lifetime. Can’t wait to meet him.

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