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Icon of EducationCollege of the Ozarks President Jerry Davis (61H) has been named a 2014 “Icon of Education” by Ingram’s, a Kansas City-based business magazine. The publication lauded Davis for his foresight in examining the dynamics of funding a college education “a full 25 years before the issue of student loan debt became a significant national concern.” The result is a model built on a concept familiar to Berry alumni – student work. At the College of the Ozarks, students work on campus to defray the cost of their education, eventually graduating debt free. Ingram’s also praised his focus on character development, as evidenced by the founding of the Keeter Center for Character Education on the College of the Ozarks’ Point Lookout, Mo., campus.

Davis has held his current post since 1988. Previously, he was president for 11 years at Alice Lloyd College in Kentucky. His own educational journey began at the Mount Berry School for Boys, where he earned his high school diploma in 1961. He later received a bachelor’s degree from Mars Hill College, a master’s degree from the University of Tennessee and his Ph.D. from Ohio State University.

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