Vice President for Student Life Named

The University of Scranton named Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D., vice president for student life.
Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D., was named vice president for student life at The University of Scranton.
Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D., was named vice president for student life at The University of Scranton.


The University of Scranton has named Robert W. Davis Jr., Ed.D., as vice president for student life.

 “I have great confidence that Dr. Davis’ education and experience, including years of service spanning several University divisions, leaves him uniquely qualified to lead this new division successfully,” said Scott R. Pilarz, S.J., president of the University, in an announcement to the University community of Dr. Davis’ appointment and restructuring that formed a new Student Life Division.

Functional areas and departments of the Student Life Division are Athletics, Campus Ministries, University Chaplain, University Police, the Center for Career Development, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, the Center for Student Engagement, the Counseling Center, the Cross Cultural Centers, Residence Life, Recreational and Club Sports, Student Conduct and Assessment, Student Health Services, Student Government, Dining Services and the University Bookstore.

Dr. Davis, who earned his bachelor’s, master’s and MBA degrees from the University, has served as chief of staff at Scranton since 2011. In that role, he also oversaw the University’s Department of Athletics and managed the essential administrative functions of the Office of the President.

Dr. Davis joined the staff at Scranton in 2006 and has served in several capacities, including as area coordinator and assistant director for housing operations in the Office of Residence Life; director of the University’s historic Pride, Passion, Promise Campaign, which raised more than $129 million to support the University’s mission, endowment and development; and as interim vice president for development and alumni relations. Prior to his service at the University, he was a volunteer in the Alumni Service Corps at St. Joseph’s Preparatory School in Philadelphia.

He currently serves as a member of the NCAA Division III Management Council and on the Board of Trustees at Scranton Preparatory School.

In addition to his degrees from Scranton, he earned his Ed.D. in higher education management from the University of Pennsylvania.

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