Leadership Conversation- Episode 138 with Mike Davis
Name: Mike Davis
Current title: Head of School
Current organisation: Colorado Academy
Dr. Mike Davis is the eleventh Head of School in Colorado Academy’s more than 110-year history. He has led the CA community in collaborative and innovative projects around curriculum and 21st-century skill-building, around teaching, technology, school culture, and administrative structure. He has fostered prudent stewardship of the school’s financial and physical assets and led the school in funding and building best-in-class facilities across a 97 acres of campus. Under his leadership, CA has expanded both its experiential and global education offerings, broadened the school’s work in equity and inclusivity, and maintained a mission-based balance of academics, arts, and athletics.
Dr. Davis came to CA after serving as Head of the Upper School at St. Stephen’s Episcopal, a co-ed boarding and day school in Austin, Texas. There, he also chaired the History Department, the Curriculum Committee, and directed the school’s Outdoor Education Program.
An outdoor enthusiast, rock climber, skier, and cyclist, Dr. Davis continues to lead student adventures and has logged nearly 150 outdoor trips, from the canyons of Utah to the mountains of rural Haiti.
Known for his subject matter expertise, he is a frequent presenter at the National Association of Independent Schools and is on the faculty of NAIS’s Aspiring Heads Institute since 2017. In Colorado, he serves on the Association for Colorado Independent Schools Board, helped to establish school standards, and has chaired and co-chaired numerous school evaluation teams.
At CA, Dr. Davis teaches Upper School history courses including “Vietnam,” and “The War on Terror.” Mike has a doctorate in American History from Vanderbilt University, where he wrote his dissertation on U.S. Immigration and Refugee Policy during the Cold War and the creation of the 1965 Immigration Act, which governs immigration law today.
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