PhD (Chem), 1979
MSc (Chem), 1974
Alan Davis was born in Reading, England, and attended University College London to study chemistry, and was awarded his BSc with honors in 1972.
He was accepted that year into graduate school at SFU where he received MSc (1975) and PhD (1980) degrees under the supervision of Fred Einstein in the use of x-ray crystallography to determine the structure of inorganic compounds. He then began 12 years as a chemistry instructor at the (then) Fraser Valley College. He was elected to the Chilliwack School Board in 1983, serving as Chair for seven of his 13 years as a Trustee.
In 1989 he joined the Open Learning Agency as a Director of University Programs, and in 1996 he was appointed Vice President Academic at Athabasca University, Canada’s Open University,
In 2003 he joined Niagara College as Vice President for Academic and Learner Services. He then served for three years at Vancouver Community College before joining the State University of New York as president of Empire State College in 2008.
Since 2012, he has served as President and Vice Chancellor at Kwantlen Polytechnic University.
Dr. Davis is a member of the board of several organizations focused on higher education, and is also on the board of the BC Business Council.
In addition to his publications in chemistry, Dr. Davis has contributed and presented regularly in areas of higher education, and he is also a published playwright: his plays for young people have been performed across Canada.
To read more about Alan, please visit: http://www.sfu.ca/science/alumni/inspiring-alumni/profiles/alan-davis.html