Davis Speaks at Commencement

Linda Davis, recipient of the Louis D. Beaumont Dad’s Association Distinguished Professor Award for Excellence in Teaching William Woods University, will address the university’s August graduating class Friday, Aug. 1.

William Woods will be holding one of its largest commencements ever, with 232 students graduating. Among them are 189 who will receive master’s degrees, either in business or education. It will be by far the largest number of graduate degrees conferred since the Graduate and Adult studies program began 11 years ago.

During the ceremony at 7 p.m. in Cutlip Auditorium of the McNutt Campus Center, the university will grant 11 associate of art, 32 bachelor of science, 53 master of business administration and 136 master of education degrees. All but two of the students completed their studies through the university’s Graduate and Adult Studies program.

With increased campus enrollment and the growth of the university’s graduate and adult studies programs, William Woods now holds three graduation ceremonies each year. This is the seventh year a summer commencement has been held. Each of the commencements in the past year has graduated more than 200 students, and the combined total is 687.

Davis, the commencement speaker, is an assistant professor of computer and information science at William Woods, where she has taught since 1990. In addition to her teaching responsibilities, she advises approximately 23 majors in the CIS department and attends to departmental responsibilities, such as budget, curriculum and hiring adjuncts.

She also teaches courses in the Graduate and Adult Studies program for William Woods, and helped develop the computer information management degree-completion program.

Davis served as interim department chair for the business, computer, accounting and economics departments in 1991 and 1994 and was director of internships for the same areas from 1991 to 1997.

Before coming to William Woods, she was an elementary and high school classroom teacher and computer coordinator at the Missouri School for the Deaf for 10 years.

Davis received a bachelor of science degree in education from the University of Nebraska and certification for education of the hearing impaired K-12 at Lenoir Rhyne College in Lenoir, N.C. She earned a master of arts in educational administration, a specialist in educational administration and a Ph.D. in information science and learning technology, all from the University of Missouri.

She holds National Certification in three areas: Internet Webmaster, Online Instructing and Education of the Deaf. She is a member of the Association for Computer Training and Support, the Academic Computing Advisory Committee and has completed the IBM Technical Coordinator Program. She has presented at national, regional and local conferences.

A Fulton resident, her past and present involvement in the Fulton community includes president of Fulton Planning and Zoning Committee, Economic Development Committee, Fulton Infrastructure Committee for Strategic Planning, board member of Kingdom Projects, Inc., contract interpreter for the State of Missouri and a member of the Board of Associates.

Davis is married to Roger Davis, principal of Fulton High School. She has three children, Tyler, Whitney, Hilary, and two step-daughters, Kim and Alison.