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College History & Archives: James Clark (Jack) Davis

Documenting and Preserving the History of Truckee Meadows Community College

President Davis

James Clark (Jack) Davis was truly dedicated to education, compiling a remarkable thirty-plus year resume in the state of Nevada as a teacher, principal, college professor, and administrator. Davis earned his B.A. from UNR, followed by both a Master's degree in Elementary Education and a Doctorate in Education from Stanford University.  Beginning in the fall of 1971, Dr. Davis was chosen to serve as Executive Vice President of the newly formed Western Nevada Community College.

"WNCC differs from the University (Nevada) in a way which provides a schedule that allows people to register for classes at almost any time during the year. Also, our requirements aren't so stringent and we offer occupational opportunities in education and training."            - Jack Davis, January 1974

Due to the dissolution of the Nevada Community College Division in 1977, the Board of Regents officially appointed Dr. Davis as President of Western Nevada Community College.  By this action, WNCC was re-organized as a multi-campus community college serving the eight counties of western Nevada.

In December 1979, the Board of Regents officially split Western Nevada Community College and established Truckee Meadows Community College, paving the way for a new era of community education in Nevada.