A Message from President Miles K. Davis

Linfield's Academic QuadDear Linfield Community,

Events this past week call into question whether the grand experiment we call the United States of America can continue to stand. Can we survive, as a nation, when a white man in Kentucky failed to gain access to a black church, then goes to Kroger and shoots two black people? Can we survive as a nation when a man sends pipe bombs to those who disagree with his political philosophy? Can we survive as a nation when a man goes into a synagogue and murders 11 people because they belong to the Jewish faith?

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Linfield puts focus on first-generation

College recruiters are already telling potential freshmen about “Linfield First.” The program launches in the fall of 2019, so entering students can apply for the scholarships. Continue reading

Dr. Miles Davis Inducted into The PhD Project Hall of Fame

Dr Davis was inducted into The PhD Project hall of fameThe PhD Project, an award-winning program to increase diversity in management, has announced the 2018 inductees into The PhD Project Hall of Fame. They are: Dr. Mary Gilly, Senior Associate Dean and Professor of Marketing at the Paul Merage School of Business, University of California, Irvine; Dr. Miles Davis, President of Linfield College; Dr. Quinetta Roberson, Fred J. Springer Endowed Chair in Business Leadership, School of Business at Villanova University. Continue reading

Linfield College No. 1 in PNW for ethnic diversity for third straight year

–U.S. News & World Report cites college for diversity, value and liberal arts program– 

Best Ethnic Diversity 3rd year in a rowFor the third year in a row, Linfield College holds the No. 1 spot among Pacific Northwest liberal arts colleges for “Best Ethnic Diversity,” according to the 2019 U.S. News and World Report rankings released today.

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Convocation address to answer ‘Why we need liberal arts education more than ever’ 

Linfield College President Miles DavisMiles K. Davis, Linfield College president, will present the keynote address at opening convocation on Friday, Aug. 24, at 9:30 a.m. in the Ted Wilson Gymnasium at Linfield. The talk is entitled “Why we need liberal arts education more than ever.”  

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Miles Davis joins Linfield

Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, August 2, 2018.  A poster of Muhammad Ali is the first thing visitors see when they enter Miles Davis’ office at Linfield College.

Linfield’s new president intentionally placed the poster in pride of place opposite the door. Below, he put a display case that holds a boxing glove, signed by the Olympic gold medalist and heavyweight champion of the world.

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Hellie: Linfield was the right place

Thomas HellieReprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, June 7, 2018.  
Back in 2005, Thomas Hellie was content with his job as director of the Kemper Foundation. He enjoyed the work, which put him into contact with colleges and universities across the nation; he liked living in Chicago; and he appreciated his vacations, which that spring took him and his wife, Julie Olds, to Oregon’s wine country.

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Linfield students gain hands-on experience at the College Football Playoff 

College Football PlayoffTwo Linfield College students will secure invaluable work experience at one of the largest sporting events in the world when they attend the 2019 College Football Playoff National Championship game in Santa Clara, Calif.   

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Miles K. Davis named 20th president of Linfield College 

Miles K. DavisThe Linfield College Board of Trustees announced today that Dr. Miles K. Davis will become the college’s 20th president, and the first African-American president in the institution’s 160-year history.

Davis, dean of Shenandoah University’s Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business in Winchester, Va., will begin his new appointment July 1. He succeeds Dr. Thomas L. Hellie, who is retiring after 12 years as Linfield’s president.

“From the moment I engaged with Linfield and the community, it has been a growing love affair,” Davis said. “From the Board of Trustees to the faculty, staff, coaches and administrators, Linfield College is an impressive group of people. It is Linfield’s students, though, who really stole my heart with their inquisitive and thoughtful questions. I am excited about becoming a part of this community of learners and scholars.”

David C. Baca ’78, chair of the Board of Trustees and a partner at the Davis Wright Tremaine law firm, said Davis brings an entrepreneur’s sensibility to Linfield at a time of transformation in higher education.

“Dr. Hellie has done a remarkable job leading Linfield, and that has put it in a very good place,” Baca said. “However, all of higher education faces a rapidly changing environment. That environment is going to require us to adapt, and Dr. Davis has shown that he can lead the kind of change we will need to continue to succeed.”

Davis has a Ph.D. in human and organizational sciences from The George Washington University, an M.A. in human resource development from Bowie State University and a B.A. in communications from Duquesne University. At Shenandoah since 2001, he was the inaugural chair of the management science department at the Harry F. Byrd, Jr. School of Business and became the founding director of its Institute for Entrepreneurship. He was named dean of the school in 2012.

Davis is an authority on entrepreneurship whose most recent work focuses on integrity, values and principles in the business world, as well as faith-based entrepreneurship. He helps organizations manage cultural and structural changes, strategic planning, leadership development and strategic growth initiatives. Davis worked as a managing consultant and principal for EDS Corp., and has served on the boards of numerous non-profit organizations and publicly traded companies.

The author of many journal articles and book chapters, Davis published a book titled “OD and Change Management Consultants” in 2009. He is a member of the Society of Leadership Fellows at St. George’s House, an organization based out of Windsor Castle in England that brings together world leaders in a variety of fields to analyze contemporary issues.

Davis is the first college president to come out of The PhD Project, a network that helps members of underrepresented communities attain doctorates and become leaders in higher education.

“Linfield College, with its strong roots in the liberal arts and world-class professional programs, is meeting the needs of a dynamic world,” Davis said. “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.”

The nationwide search for Linfield’s 20th president began in May 2017, when Hellie announced he would retire at the end of the 2017-18 academic year. A search committee, which included representatives from the Linfield College Board of Trustees, faculty, staff and student body, closely reviewed the credentials of the candidates and conducted extensive interviews.

“I am gratified to know that Dr. Davis will become Linfield’s next president,” Hellie said. “His personality and experience align very well with our college’s culture and future needs. Linfield has been a great home for me, and I trust it will be for him as well.”

Brenda DeVore Marshall, professor of theatre and communication arts, one of four faculty members on the search committee and its vice-chair, said Davis will bring new energies and perspectives to the college and the community.

“I am excited Dr. Davis has decided to join our community, and I look forward to working with him,” she said. “He will provide enthusiastic leadership for the next chapter in Linfield College’s commitment to inclusive student education.”

Linfield College is a nationally renowned, comprehensive four-year college with its main campus located an hour outside of Portland, in the heart of Oregon’s wine country. It also maintains a School of Nursing in Portland, and online degree and certificate programs. The college’s curriculum is rooted in traditional liberal arts and includes practical education through collaborative, service and experiential learning opportunities.