My name is Jay Davis, and I have the honor of directing the First Generation Office and its First Year Student Enrichment Program and the King Scholars Program. I attended Dartmouth (forever ago!) as a low income student, and I am both thrilled by the progress this college has made since then and also fiercely committed to further improving our support of first generation students.
I have been working in education on social justice issues for my entire career, including teaching English, History and French in a variety of schools (an under-resourced urban public high school, a college preparatory boarding school, a public-private school for students with learning disabilities and a rural public middle school); teaching in the Dartmouth Education Department and directing its Secondary Teacher Education Program; founding and directing the college- access program Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth; and my current work with Dartmouth's lowest-income (and most remarkable!) students.
I also chair the Money Matters Committee at Dartmouth, serve as campus liaison for the College Transition Collaborative, work as a national facilitator for the School Reform Initiative, participate in numerous search committees for the College, and have been a member of the Dartmouth Strategic Planning Committee. I am a regular presenter at the Rockefeller Center for Leacership as well as at national conferences on college access and success for students from underrepresented populations. I am the recipient of the "Campus Compact for New Hampshire Good Steward Award," selected by the president of Dartmouth College, and the 2017 & 2022 Nelson Armstrong Award for the Dartmouth administrator who has made the largest contribution to the lives of African-American students.
I have a Masters in Arts and Teaching from Brown University, and was a 1990 graduate of Dartmouth, where I majored in English and Education, was a member of the Casque and Gauntlet Senior Honor Society, sang in the Glee Club, captained the Men's Nordic Ski team, and made lots of mistakes (some of which I learned from.)
I live in Lyme, NH with my wonderful (and patient!) wife Julie '91 and children Andrew and Katie. In free time, I love to coach youth soccer, xc skiing and baseball, and I spend as much time as I can outside (skiing and biking and running and canoeing and jumping in leaf piles and going swimming with FGLI students in my backyard swimming hole. )