Dr. Emma Savage-Davis has been named the new dean of the College of Education, Leadership Studies, and Counseling. Her first day was July 1.
She brings with her 26 years of experience in higher education, as well as 11 years in K-12 education. Savage-Davis received a bachelor’s degree in technology education from Eastern Illinois University, a master’s in occupational education from Chicago State University, and a doctorate in curriculum and instruction with a concentration in post-secondary education from Illinois State University.
“I am excited to be joining the University of Lynchburg family. I already feel like a member of the family from all of the welcome emails to colleagues across campus that also offered support and encouragement as I begin this journey,” she said. “I am looking forward to supporting, enhancing, and providing opportunities for all of the exceptional students, staff, and faculty on this campus, especially those in our college.”
Savage-Davis has been a faculty member at several institutions, including East Tennessee State University, James Madison University, Longwood University, and Coastal Carolina University in South Carolina, where she currently serves as a professor in the middle and secondary education program and as department chair of graduate and specialty studies. Savage-Davis is a site visitor of the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP).
“She is a collaborative leader and very skilled at program development and evaluation. She is enthusiastic, has good energy, will add value to Lynchburg. We are delighted to have her in this role,” said Allison Jablonski, vice president for academic affairs and provost of the University of Lynchburg.
Savage-Davis succeeds Roger Jones, who accepted the position of associate provost and dean of graduate studies at Lynchburg.