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Bruce Davis

  • Vice Provost and Dean of Continuing Education
  • Weber State University


    After graduating from Roy High School in 1972, I served as a Corpsman (combat medic) with the U.S. Marine Corps and Naval Amphibious Forces in the Pacific at the end of the Vietnam War. It was the finest educational experience of my life. It was also a very difficult (and occasionally dangerous) life. Upon returning to Utah in 1976, I went to school on the GI Bill, earning a BS in Business Administration from Weber State in 1979, an MBA in Business Administration from Utah State University in 1980, and a PhD in Leadership and Policy from the University of Utah. While attending school, I served in the Navy Reserves (1976-78) and the Air Force Reserves (1978-81) at Hill Air Force Base. After receiving an MBA in 1980, I worked in compensation management and labor relations for ten years (Utah Power & Light Co., PacifiCorp, and Thiokol Corporation). In 1990 I left corporate life for Weber State University, where I taught business administration and served successively as Director of Business and Economic Development, Director of the WSU Davis Campus, as for the last four years as Vice Provost and Dean of Continuing Education. I continue to teach courses in leadership, management, and entrepreneurship in the Goddard School of Business and the Dumke College of Health Professions. After the attacks of 9-11, I served as the KVC for Fox Company, 2nd Battalion, 23rd Marines, a combat infantry unit known as the "Saints and Sinners." Fox 2/23 received the Presidential Unit Citation "for extraordinary heroism and outstanding performance in action against enemy forces in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom from 21 March to 24 April 2003." It was a great honor to serve with a new generation of mighty fine Marines. I currently serve on several governing boards, including McKay-Dee Hospital, Utah Certified Development Company, Davis Chamber of Commerce, Davis Arts Council, NxLevel Education Foundation, and the NUAMES school board. I previously served on the boards of the American Red Cross for Northern Utah, the United Way of Davis County, Enable Industries, Inc., and the board of LDS Social Services. Back in 1994, I tried my hand as an entrepreneur. I co-founded and for eight years sat on the board of OSSS, an aerospace company that designed, manufactured, and provided launch integration services for low-earth orbit satellite systems. We made a lot of money, lost even more, and I gained a first rate, real world education in entrepreneurship. It made me a much better professor. I met and married my lovely wife, Valerie Jean (Child) Davis soon after returning home from the Marines in 1976. Valerie settled me down, made me go to church, and put me on the path I follow today. We are the parents of seven children and have 13 grandchildren.

    Professional experience

    Vice Provost and Dean of Continuing Education

    Weber State University

    March 2008 - Present


    Masters of Business Administration (MBA)

    Utah State University

    June 1979 - June 1980(a year)

    B.S. Business Administration

    Weber State University

    September 1976 - June 1979(3 years)

    Ph.D. Educational Leadership and Policy

    The University of Utah