Davies earns national honor from ACCT

by jamesc  10/20/2015 3:04:23 PM -- 

SAN DIEGO, CA – John W. Davies, a member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors, has been recognized nationally for his work in higher education. Davies, of Pilger, is one of five people to be named a finalist for the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2015 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award. Davies, the Western Region finalist, joined trustees from community colleges in California, New Jersey, North Carolina and Ohio, during an awards ceremony held recently here.

“This year's awardees have demonstrated a commitment to excellence and leadership, going above and beyond to serve their colleges and students," said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown.  "ACCT is proud to honor these outstanding public servants for a job well done." 

“The ACCT Association Awards are among the most prestigious awards any community college, its trustees, presidents, faculty, or staff member can receive," said 2015-16 ACCT Chair and Robert Zarate, trustee at Alamo Colleges in Texas.

Davies, who serves as the At Large member, was first elected to the Northeast Community College Board of Governors in 2008. He has served as state coordinator for ACCT in Nebraska and currently serves on the organization’s national diversity committee and sought its chair position at the 2013 ACCT Convention in Seattle. He was also a delegate to the ACCT Fall Conference in 2009, 2010 and 2011.

 “Mr. Davies is a committed member of the Northeast Community College Board of Governors and understands the role community colleges play in higher education, said Dr. Michael Chipps, Northeast president. “While he brings his insightful knowledge of education to each meeting, his commitment does not end at the state’s borders. He is invaluable on the state and national level.”

After a military career and 13 years in the manufacturing industry, Davies went back to school, which included taking classes at Northeast Community College, to pursue a degree in the medical profession.  His extensive knowledge of the field was of great value as Northeast collaborated with the University of Nebraska Medical Center to create the $13 million J. Paul and Eleanor McIntosh College of Nursing on the college campus in Norfolk.    

Dr. Chipps said, “Mr. Davies relationship with Northeast Community College goes back to his days working at Nucor Steel in Norfolk. It was an idea of his that created a system where shift workers at Nucor could take classes through Northeast at times when it was most convenient for them. Because he saw the need and the desire of his fellow employees, the program was launched with great success due to his visionary leadership of the idea. He is a testament himself to how community college can transform one’s life.”

Davies is physician assistant at Sunny Meadow Medical Clinic in Norfolk. He is a past village board member in his hometown of Pilger and a member of the Pilger Board of Health. Davies is a lifetime member of the of the Physician Assistant Veterans Caucus; a member of the Nebraska Medical Board for Physician Assistants; member of the National Association of Physician Assistants, and a member of the Nebraska Academy of Physician Assistants. He was named to the USA All-Academic Team, Second Team (1991); Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society (1992); and was awarded a National Health Service Scholarship, (1992-94).              

Davies, and his wife, Diane, a certified public accountant and partner in Morrow, Davies and Toelle, PC, have three adult children and their spouses, Matthew (Jennifer), Jessica Borgelt (Chris) and Paul (Amber), and three grandchildren.

 

                                                                                    --###--

                                                                    
                                                                         PHOTO CUTLINE 

 

John W. Davies, (second from right) is recognized with other honorees of the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) 2015 M. Dale Ensign Trustee Leadership Award at ACCT’s Leadership Congress recently in San Diego. Davies is the Western Region finalist for the honor.

Posted In -- Board of Governors, Honors, Norfolk, O'Neill, President, Press Releases, PTK, South Sioux City, Students and Alumni, West Point

More News »