SFUAD is proud to introduce the new director of student life, Ryan Davis.
Davis originally became involved with student life as an undergraduate at McMurry University. He worked as a resident assistant (commonly known as an RA) on his Texas campus, which caused him to go on to became the vice president of the student activities board.
“These opportunities allowed me to really be involved in student life and I loved it,” he said.
After graduating with a bachelor’s in psychology and theatre, he went on to earn his master’s in family psychology (a fancy way of saying counseling, he shared) at Hardin-Simmons University, and this fall begins his coursework as a doctoral student, which will specialize in higher education leadership.
Throughout his career, Davis has focused on developing student programs and supporting students on campus. Most recently, it was as the director of residence life and facility operations at William Peace University in Raleigh, North Carolina, where he was able to make a lot of positive changes.
“I went to William Peace University in a time of transition. It was the university’s first semester with males on campus,” he explained.
Not only did he see them through this exciting challenge successfully, he also grew the university’s housing occupancy and made many improvements to student communication and student life overall.
“Our team increased the diversity of programs, including multicultural programming, and I focused on improving students’ experience in as many ways as possible.”
He’s brought that passion to SFUAD. He plans to work with the students, including student leaders and governing bodies, faculty and staff to implement new, exciting projects at SFUAD.
“There’s so much potential, from the students, the school, and the student life department,” he said. “We can make processes easier, increase amount of fun we have, continue to improve our relationships with students, faculty and, increase experiential and extracurricular learning opportunities. My goals are to get students connected to our office, each other, and the community.”
Davis is already excited about attending shows, performances and gallery openings on campus. As a theatre graduate, he knows what it’s like to have 12-hour rehearsals, so he wants students to know he’ll be on campus to support them and celebrate their successes.
This fall, students should expect a larger Student Life presence, not only during Orientation, where his team will be very involved and easy to spot, but also throughout every semester.
“Our team is on campus to be a resource for students. We want every person to enjoy their time at SFUAD. It’s our job to make sure every student gets everything they need outside the classroom. We are part of their new family.”
For more information about Ryan and the entire Student Life team, visit our Student Life page.