FEBRUARY 15, 2020 – The Linfield Board of Trustees voted Saturday to approve a name change from Linfield College to Linfield University.
“Linfield will change its name, but what won’t change is what makes us special,” said President Miles K. Davis. “Linfield will remain a small, high-quality, liberal arts institution. Now, though, we will be able to expand by having schools and colleges within the university and by offering master’s degrees. Continue reading →
This week’s announcement that Concordia University-Portland will close at the end of the semester represents a heart-wrenching loss for its students, faculty, staff and alumni. We are all lessened by it, and share in the loss.
In an effort to help affected students, Linfield has agreed to waive all application fees (online and McMinnville campus) for Concordia students. Continue reading →
Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, January 24, 2019. Sports is the sixth-largest industry in the U.S., a $500-billion business reaching all ages, interests and skill levels, from children involved in recreational leagues to college and professional athletes to fans. It’s also a rich field for careers, from coaching to marketing to broadcasting to making athletic apparel.
Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, October 22, 2018. Linfield College is starting a new scholarship and support program designed to meet the unique requirements of first-generation college students — those whose parents didn’t graduate from four-year schools and, therefore, can’t advise their offspring about filling out forms, seeking help from professors, living in a dorm or other aspects of college life.
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 →
Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. By Starla Pointer, August 27, 2018. Most of Linfield College’s new students — about 375, including both freshmen and transfers — attended the traditional opening convocation Friday along with parents, staff and other college community members. Classes started Monday.
Linfield’s new president, Miles Davis, opened his part of the convocation with a shout.
Robert Lisac ’12 graduates this week from the University of Central Florida College of Medicine, completing his journey from cancer patient to cancer doctor.
“Say your goodbyes. He’s not going to be here with us in the morning,” the doctor said.
Fourteen-year-old Robert Lisac lay in the ICU on a ventilator in a medically-induced coma, his family gathered at his bedside. His leukemia, diagnosed two years earlier and followed by 18 months of chemotherapy, was back with a vengeance.
His body was rejecting a bone marrow transplant from his older brother. His lungs were filling with blood. Doctors gave him only a 2 percent chance of surviving.
Susanne Sayles ’11 is McMinnville’s Young Educator of the Year
Reprinted with permission of the News-Register. • By Starla Pointer, May 1, 2018
Susanne Sayles was a student leader when she was attending McMinnville High School. Now in her fifth year at as a teacher at Mac High, she works with current student leaders, who in turn help other students explore their passions and feel part of the school. Continue reading →
Four Linfield College students have been honored as Arthur Ashe, Jr. Sports Scholars. Kaelia Neal, David Flores, Jordan Clark and Jade Everage, representing track and field, swimming, and men’s and women’s basketball, are included among this year’s honorees.Continue reading →
“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.