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Reconnecting with Dr. Miles Davis

22 June 2020

We pre-recorded today’s conversation via Zoom with Dr. Miles Davis, President of Linfield College and former co-host of The Valley Today on the third Wednesday each month.

We talked about his historical appointment at Linfield College as their first African-American President in their 160-year history and how his role as the Dean of Shenandoah University’s School of Business and the leadership there prepared him for the new position. He also announced that effective July 1, 2020 Linfield College will become Linfield University offering a school of nursing (this year introducing a Master’s of Science in Nursing) and a school of business. Founded in 1858, Linfield is a four-year independent college with campuses in McMinnville and Portland. Twenty-five percent of Linfield students are first-generation college students, and more than one-third are U.S. students of color. The U.S. State Department honored Linfield for being Oregon’s top producer of Fulbright Scholars in 2017-18.

We also discussed the challenging times we find ourselves in and talked about the importance of what comes next. Dr. Davis stressed the importance of education and perspective and how we move forward preparing people for careers and even deeper how we prepare people to think and engage our democracy.We talked about the difference between a monologue and a dialogue and the impact that social media has had on both concepts and the need to produce people who can operate in multiple dimensions of our shifting society.

Dr. Davis also explained how his son’s recent graduation from University of Richmond Law School shaped how the virtual graduation was performed at Linfield. He told us about the importance of getting student and parent feedback and walked us through how their graduation looked a few weeks ago. We talked about online education and the educational experience beyond what is being taught as a subject matter, that shapes our lives. Things like senior prom, a dance or what it means to walk across the stage to accept your diploma – things that are significant to have your parents present, especially since Linfield has a significant number of first generation students.

Finally we teased a new project we’re about to begin working on together called “Real Conversations” more on that in the coming weeks. Additionally, Dr. Davis will be moderating a community forum: Strengthening the Relationship between the Community and Law Enforcement on Saturday, June 27, 2020 at James R. Wilkins, Jr. Athletics & Events Center at Shenandoah University from 1pm – 3pm. More information about the in-person and virtually held event can be found here: https://www.unitedwaynsv.org/community-forum

You can watch today’s show that includes pre/post show conversation on our YouTube channel here: https://youtu.be/PjnSB2jj58M

Reconnecting with Dr. Miles Davis

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