Salem educator Alyce Davis appointed to board of trustees

Alyce Davis

At ceremonies on June 29, Salem resident Alyce Davis was sworn in as a member of the Salem State University Board of Trustees. Davis, who received her bachelor’s degree in secondary education and teaching from Salem State College, a master’s degree from Suffolk University and her doctorate from Nova Southeastern University, is a recognized authority in the field and will bring an overall expertise in public education to the board.

“Alyce Davis’s long tenure in—and deep ties to—the educational communities in our region make her an ideal member of the university’s board of trustees at this particular time” noted university president Patricia Maguire Meservey. “As Salem State increases its level of involvement and collaboration with the Salem public schools, her wise counsel will prove of inestimable value.”

Alyce Davis currently serves as a consultant to the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, where she is involved in developing curriculum documents for the District Governance Support Project in collaboration with the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) and the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents (MASS), as well as an adjunct professor in Salem State’s School of Graduate Studies and Endicott College’s Van Loan School of Graduate & Professional Studies.

A classroom teacher for 20 years before moving into administrative roles as principal and assistant superintendent, Davis’ understanding of curriculum, instruction and assessment—and her leadership during the Salem school system’s 2007-2008 budget crisis—add yet another area of expertise to the university’s multi-faceted board of trustees.

“I feel that public education has such an important role to play in forming society and in forming a populous that is educated and can make good decisions,” Alyce Davis commented in an article that appeared in the fall 2008 Salem State alumni magazine. As the university’s newest trustee, she looks forward to new opportunities to continue her commitment to public education.

Active in the community and in her alma mater, Davis most recently served as vice president of the Salem State University Alumni Association. She is the community representative to the Salem School Building Committee, serves as a trustee of Salem Community Charter School and is on the board of directors for Children’s Friends and Family Services and the Salem Academy Charter School. Alyce volunteers as a docent at the Peabody Essex Museum, and is a 2010 Paul Harris Fellow of Rotary International.