Former Alice Lloyd College president, Dr. Jerry C. Davis, has been announced as a recipient of the 2017 E. Burr Gibson Lifetime Achievement Award by the Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE). Serving as the president of Alice Lloyd College from 1977-1988 Dr. Davis continues to be a faithful servant to Alice Lloyd College and the Appalachian region. This award distinguishes individuals that have positively impacted the field of institutional advancement through their professional accomplishments. Additionally, recipients of this honor must be highly respected and admired by their professional colleagues.
During his tenure at ALC, Dr. Davis dramatically changed the ALC development program, a program that has only continued to grow over the years. In addition to cultivating new foundations and streamlining development work, Dr. Davis led, taught, and encouraged the development team to become excellent communicators and emphasized always putting the donor first, a policy that remains an integral part of ALC’s development efforts. Outside of his work with the ALC development program, Dr. Davis authored a book about the history of the College, established The June Buchanan School (a K-12 college preparatory school) on campus, and oversaw the transition of the college into a four-year institution.
ALC President, Dr. Joe A. Stepp considers Dr. Davis “to be one of the top people in his field” and reflects that he has “been blessed to have him as a mentor during my eighteen years as president of ALC”. Dr. Davis understood the crucial role Alice Lloyd College serves for the people of Appalachia and during his tenure at ALC and after he has continued to demonstrate the characteristics of a true servant leader.