Feb. 2, 1996
Davis Recognized, Takes National Post
By Faith Kammerdiener
UW-RF News Bureau
UW-River Falls Health and Human Performance Chair Mike Davis has accepted a seven-month appointment as interim executive vice president with the American Alliance for Health, Physical Education, Recreation, and Dance.
The alliance also announced that it will recognize Davis with its Honor Fellow Award for his contributions while serving as its president in 1993-94.
Davis began his term on Feb. 1 in Reston, Va. He will return to the University on Sept. 1.
The Alliance, founded in 1885, is a major lobbying group comprised of more than 30,000 professionals in the fields of health, physical education, recreation, and dance. The organization is committed to promoting programs, activities, and policies related to these fields and to provide development opportunities for its members.
The current vice president resigned to work in Washington, D.C. According to Davis, he was chosen to fill the position because as past president of the alliance he gained an appreciation for its goals and operational structure.
Davis will serve as the chief administrative operating officer and supervise more than 70 professionals. He said that he will also be responsible for advancing many national initiatives.
Davis will play a key role in advancing the Alliance's work, as a liaison to the organization's elected officers, executive committee, board of governors, and other committees and staff. He will maintain relationships with numerous associations, government, business and professional organizations and others important to helping the alliance achieve its goals.
Professor Ed Brown will assume the UW-RF department chairmanship until the end of spring semester. Athletics Director Connie Foster will chair the department over the summer until Davis returns.
Davis received the alliance's Honor Fellow Award in recognition of his meritorious contributions. The award is given to alliance members who exhibit spirit in devoted service, shown leadership, and have made outstanding and noteworthy contributions to the advancement of health, physical education, recreation, and dance.
The award will be presented at the Alliance's national convention in Atlanta, Ga., on April 19.