Two Gannon Alumni Selected as College Presidents

Posted: May 24, 2013

Gannon University alumni Timothy Flanagan, Ph.D. and Bradley Davis, J.D. were selected as college presidents. Flanagan, a 1973 Gannon graduate, was appointed the 18th president of Illinois State University, after serving as the president of Framingham State University in Massachusetts since 2006. Davis, a 1997 Gannon graduate, had his yearlong interim tag removed as he signed a three-year contract to become the president of West Valley College in Saratoga, Calif.

Flanagan and Davis are two of eight Gannon alumni who are currently college presidents. The others include Thomas J. Gamble, Ph.D. '72 (Mercyhurst); William J. Pepicello, Ph.D. '70 (University of Phoenix); Ronald J. Volpe, Ph.D. '67 (Hood); Lou Agnese '74M (Incarnate Word); David Szczerbacki, Ph.D. '73 (Saint Rose); Anthony DiGiorgio, Ph.D. '63 (Winthrop).

Illinois State and its Board of Trustees announced Flanagan's hire on May 10. Flanagan will begin his tenure Aug. 15. Illinois State, a public university located in Normal, Ill., has an enrollment of 20,502. In addition to serving as Framingham State's president, Flanagan was previously provost and vice president for academic affairs and a professor of criminal justice at The College at Brockport: State University of New York.

Flanagan earned his bachelor's degree in criminal justice from Gannon, before receiving his doctorate in criminal justice from the University at Albany, State University of New York. He also has done postgraduate work at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Flanagan's accomplishments include creating new academic programs; securing $175 million in capital investment in the past six years; establishing record-setting levels of fundraising and private support and launching the first comprehensive campaign in Framingham State's history.

Davis was voted to have his interim label removed by the West Valley-Mission Community College District Board of Trustees on May 21. West Valley, a public community college with an enrollment of 11,752, is part of a two-college district on the west side of Silicon Valley. Before being named interim president in June 2012, Davis was WVC's associate vice chancellor. Prior to that, he served 10 years in a variety of leadership positions at San Jose State University, the last of which was AAVP for faculty affairs. Davis holds a bachelor's degree in psychology from Gannon and a Juris Doctorate from Syracuse University's College of Law.

During his time as interim president, Davis cultivated the largest period of philanthropy in West Valley College's history, attracting more philanthropic contributions to WVC in the past 12 months than the college received in the previous 10 years combined.