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Nova Southeastern University Names Richard Davis to Lead Regional Campuses and Online Education

Richard Davis, Ed.D.,

Richard Davis, Ed.D.

FORT LAUDERDALE-DAVIE, Fla.- Nova Southeastern University (NSU) President and CEO George L. Hanbury II, Ph.D., recently announced the appointment of Richard Davis, Ed.D., as vice president of the university’s regional campus network and online education. In this role, he will provide overall leadership and strategic direction in the planning, development and enrollment management of NSU’s nine regional campuses and its online education programs.

NSU has regional campuses in Fort Myers, Fla., Jacksonville, Fla.; Miami-Kendall, Fla.; Miramar, Fla.; Orlando, Fla.; Palm Beach, Fla.; Tampa, Fla.; Nassau, Bahamas; and San Juan, Puerto Rico.

Davis brings to his position prior health care practice experience; teaching, scholarship and funded research activity; and service as an academic program director and associate dean at NSU. He joined NSU in 1998 as director of the university’s Physician Assistant Program and has since held multiple leadership positions. Most recently, he served as the founding dean of NSU’s College of Healthcare Sciences and prior to that as dean of NSU’s College of Allied Health and Nursing.

“Throughout his 15-year tenure at NSU, Richard has modeled success and innovation in the creation and evaluation of traditional classroom and distance education programs including the development and implementation of more than 20 new programs at NSU,” said Hanbury.

Davis served in the United States Air Force for more than 20 years, including eight years as a physician assistant. He is a member of the American Academy of Physician Assistants Veterans Caucus, Physician Assistant Education Association, and Florida Academy of Physician Assistants. He has received multiple awards and recognitions, including South Florida Business Journal’s “Healthcare Educator of the Year Award” (2008); American Academy of Physician Assistants Veterans Caucus “Civilian PA of the Year Award” (1995); Arizona State Association of Physician Assistants “Past Presidents Award” (1995), “Service Award” and “PA of the Year Award” (1993-95); and Alabama Society of Physician Assistants “PA of the Year Award” (1993).

Davis received his Bachelor of Science in Occupational Education from the University of Southern Illinois-Carbondale, Bachelor of Science in Physician Associate from the University of Oklahoma, Master of Science in Adult Education from Troy State University, and Doctor of Education from Nova Southeastern University.



About Nova Southeastern University: Situated on 300 beautiful acres in Ft. Lauderdale, Florida, Nova Southeastern University (NSU) is a dynamic fully accredited research institution dedicated to providing high-quality educational programs at all levels.  NSU is a not-for-profit independent institution with 27,000 students. NSU awards associate’s, bachelor’s, master’s, specialist, doctoral and first-professional degrees in a wide range of fields. NSU is classified as a research university with “high research activity” by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and it is one of only 37 universities nationwide to also be awarded Carnegie’s Community Engagement Classification. For more information, please visit


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