Anita Davis

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Anita Davis, Ed.D.
Dr. Anita P. Davis
Name Anita Davis, Ed.D.
Chapter Alpha Alpha
Converse College
Date Inducted
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Honorary Member
Major Education

Dr. Anita P. Davis is a Founding Member of Alpha Alpha Chapter at Converse College. She served as the Faculty Advisor of the chapter, and was the first woman to be elected as a National Officer, serving in the role of National Historian from 1980-1982.

Dr. Davis earned her B.S., M.A. Appalachian State University in 1969, and was awarded a Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from Duke University in 1971. She served with distinction as Charles Dana professor emerita of education until her retirement in 2005.

"Upon arriving at Converse in 1969, Dr. Anita P. Davis provided key assistance in establishing the College’s first major in elementary education. She served as a member of numerous campus organizations including the Faculty Senate, the Tenure and Promotions Committee, search committees for various faculty positions, and the Teacher Education Advisory Council. She was also an energetic member of National Women’s History Month and National Library Month activities. For many years, Dr. Davis advised the Converse chapter of Kappa Delta Epsilon, which is designed to unite education students and professional educators. She was adopted by Converse residence halls and by Mortar Board. She directed the Athena Program for gifted students for two years, instituted and directed a day care program for two years at Converse, and made more than 100 local and national presentations. She served as department chair for 19 years. In 1986, she was presented with the Kathryne Amelia Brown Award for excellence in teaching. A prolific writer, Dr. Davis has authored, co-authored, and edited more than 80 books and booklets. She has also coedited an online journal and a state journal. One of her recent books, REAL HEROES: Rutherford County Men Who Made the Supreme Sacrifice During World War II, was a tribute to her father who was killed in World War II, and was the third best-selling book in Rutherford County, NC, for 2002. Chimney Rock/Rutherford County was the the county’s best-selling book in 2002, despite its publication only 60 days before the end or the year. Many of her books have been written specifically for educators, including three 400-page test preparation guides. Dr. Davis was instrumental in the publication of the first children’s biographies of Harriet Quimby, the first licensed American woman pilot." 1

National Involvement


1 Converse Bulletin, Summer 2005

National Historian
Preceded By
Richard J. Donald, Iota
Succeeded By
Kenneth T. Delorge, Beta Gamma