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Pamela Davies, Ph.D.

President Emerita
Professor, Strategy
McColl School of Business

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Dr. Pamela Davies is President Emerita and Professor of Strategy at Queens University of Charlotte, where she served as President for 17 years (2002-2019). As the 20th president of the institution, she was committed to providing innovative and high-quality education for both undergraduate and graduate students in the liberal arts and professional studies. During her tenure, the university doubled in enrollment, significantly expanded academic programming, and invested more than $150M in new campus infrastructure. The Queens Endowment grew over $120M under her leadership. Prior to her presidency at Queens, Dr. Davies served as the Dean of both the McColl School of Business at Queens and the LeBow College of Business at Drexel University.

Dr. Davies’ academic discipline is in the field of strategy, with a special interest in competitive strategy. She has utilized her professional expertise in both leading Queens University and as a director for several public company boards. She currently sits on the Board of Directors for Sonoco Products, Inc. and Cato Corporation.

Committed to community service, Dr. Davies is highly involved in non-profit organizations both nationally and locally. She is the Immediate Past Chair of the Board of the YMCA of the USA and a Trustee of the Charlotte YMCA. She serves on the boards of Advocate Health (formerly Atrium), the Duke Endowment and the Center for Creative Leadership. She is an elder in the Presbyterian Church USA and serves as a Trustee for the Princeton Theological Seminary.

Dr. Davies was named Charlotte Woman of the Year in 2018 and has received numerous awards over the years including North Carolina’s highest honor, the Order of the Longleaf Pine, the City of Charlotte’s highest honor, the Order of the Hornet, the Charlotte Business Journal’s Lifetime Achievement award, both the John R. Mott Award and the Servant Leader Award from the YMCA of Greater Charlotte and the Excellence in Leadership Award given by the Charlotte Rotary.