An all-around teacher, professor, and administrator
Wiley M. Davis ('74) began his teaching career in 1947 as an instructor at Meadowview Elementary School in Virginia. Four years later he graduated with a degree in education from Saint Augustine’s College in Raleigh, North Carolina. Davis then served with the United States Army in Germany as an instructor of troop information and education. After graduating from Springfield College’s master of education program, he taught high school, served as a high school principal, and tackled many different challenges as an instructor and administrator at the collegiate level. From 1971 to 1972 Davis was an instructor at the McKay School while working on his doctorate of education at BYU, which he completed in 1974. He then returned to Saint Augustine’s, where he served as a professor and as vice president for student affairs, a post which he held for 20 years.
Davis has always invested in his community by serving with organizations such as the Boy Scouts of America, Habitat for Humanity, and the YMCA. In addition, he has been a deacon at the Martin Street Baptist Church in Raleigh. His dedicated community involvement and his impressive professional accomplishments have been recognized by a number of prominent organizations, such as the Upward Bound program and the Henry Street Settlement.
Davis enjoys international travel. During his tenure at St. Augustine’s College, Davis traveled throughout Canada and the Caribbean to coordinate foreign study opportunities for his students. He has also spent time in Holland and France. Although Davis retired in 1996, he reflects on his career as an educator with satisfaction, having “thoroughly enjoyed” his interactions with youth of all ages. He advises prospective teachers to “have a sincere desire to assist in the development of our young people.” Davis and his late wife, Mary, also a graduate of Saint Augustine’s and Springfield College, have one son, Wiley M. Davis, Jr.
October 6, 2011