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Potomac State receives largest gift in college history

on Wed, 11/19/2008 - 08:00

Potomac State College (PSC) of WVU recently received the largest single contribution ever to be made to the institution. The gift comes from Ruth Ann Davis, Ph.D., professor emeriti of biology and chemistry, who retired in 2001 after 18 years of service.

Dr. Davis began her employment at the College in 1984 and received the Outstanding Professor Award in 1991. She was tenured in 1995 and was promoted to full professor in 1998. Dr. Davis served for many years as the advisor of the Life Sciences Club, as a member of numerous committees at Potomac State and has been a life-long member of the West Virginia Association for Women in Higher Education and a member of the American Association of University Women.

Dr. Davis is an alumna of PSC having graduated in 1956 with an associate of arts degree in pre- medicine. She went on to earn a bachelor's degree in 1958 and a master's of science degree in 1964 from WVU in pre-medicine. Her Ph.D. was awarded in 1969 from Wayne State University of Medicine in Detroit, MI, with a major in physiology.

Prior to her employment at PSC, Dr. Davis had been employed at Sinai Hospital, the Ross Medical Education Center and at Clark College in the Department of Biology. She also had served as a graduate teaching assistant at Wayne State University in the Department of Physiology and at WVU in the Department of Biology.

Dr. Davis' income-producing gift to the WVU Foundation on behalf of PSC totals nearly one million dollars and the funds will be endowed at a future time to support nursing scholarships in memory of her mother, the late Mrs. Ruth Ward Davis.

"This gift represents the continuation of Dr. Davis' life-long affiliation with Potomac State College, both as a student and as a member of the faculty," said Campus Provost Kerry Odell. "Her donation will assist students interested in providing a service to others through a nursing career and will ensure that Dr. Davis' never-ending devotion and commitment to her students becomes her lasting legacy."

The College will be hosting a reception in honor of Dr. Davis sometime in the near future.

Currently, Dr. Davis resides at Moran Manor Nursing Facility in Westernport, MD. She welcomes visits from her former students and colleagues from PSC.