Alan Davis is an accomplished leader and administrator with over 20 years of experience in non-profit senior management who has led major administrative departments at Tulane University as well as two national higher education non-profit organizations. Alan offers a thorough knowledge of higher education and the nonprofit sector in areas that include volunteer development and management, financial management, staff development, cultivation of partnerships and collaborative relationships, new product development, revenue generation, and strategic and operational planning.
Alan combines his wide network with a personal gift of listening and understanding issues and the problems facing volunteer and staff leaders, to offer complete consultative and facilitative expertise. He developed as a leader in a time of economic, societal, cultural and demographic challenge and change; he is a change agent who has initiated and implemented significant strategic repositioning while maintaining a strong hands-on approach to the management of organizations. Always conscious of the need for organizations to adapt quickly without sacrificing core values and vision, Alan quickly brings focus and resolution to situations. Known for his affability and flexibility, Alan works closely and effectively with people of different personalities and skills. He fosters teamwork and efficient problem solving to advance productivity and achieve goals.
Alan’s career accomplishments include:
- Successfully administering departments within student and business affairs at a major university that resulted in major improvements to campus life and provided major revenue generation.
- Founder and subsequent administrative head of the Tulane Children’s Center(day care); served as advisory board chair while leading a capital fund-raising campaign.
- Led major restructuring of National Association for Campus Activities (NACA), including governance, finance and investment policies, expanded programming and enhanced national profile, all positioning it for a successful future.
- Negotiated and established an exclusive sponsorship relationship with a private for-profit start-up that has resulted in significant and long term financial benefits for NACA.
- Provided leadership in establishing international initiatives and programs for NACA
Alan began his career as an administrator at Tulane University, and over two decades of service rose to senior management. As an “intrapreneur,” he enhanced campus life through development of innovative services and programs. He generated strong net revenues through sales increases and cost containment while working closely with faculty, students and the community.
One of Alan’s proudest achievements was his role in the establishment and subsequent leadership of a childcare center at the university.
As chief executive of a higher education professional association, Alan provided direction and leadership during a period of change in the association sector. He successfully led the association through strategic analysis of the environment, implementation of innovative programs, and efficient management of operations. He currently serves as executive director of a national foundation that advances safety and security issues on college campuses.
Across three decades, Alan has also been elected and appointed to leadership positions in national and regional professional organizations. Alan holds bachelors and masters degrees from Stetson University and completed the Harvard University Graduate School of Education Management Development Program. He has served as chair of the Council of Higher Education Management Associations and President of the South Carolina Society of Association Executives, and was honored as Association Executive of the Year in South Carolina. An experienced volunteer leader, Alan is currently a member of the International Advisory Council of the Center for Excellence in Higher Education Law and Policy of the Stetson University College of Law. Alan also served as a member of the board of directors of the Stetson University alumni association.
Alan’s wife Nikki is an association administrator. They are the parents of two daughters.