We are proud to announce that Frances E. Davis, MBA, PH.D. will serve as our 2017 Gwinnett County MLK Parade Marshal.
Early in her career, Dr. Frances Davis made an impact on the lives of children and has continued to expand that impact throughout a 30 year career. Beginning in the classroom, Frances received accolades for teaching in elementary, special education and middle grades. In 1988 with only two years tenure as an elementary principal in Eufaula AL, she was recognized as the Most Distinguished Principal in District IX in the state of Alabama. After completing her third year as an elementary principal, Frances was recruited to LaGrange City Schools in rural Georgia to open the district’s first middle school. Four years later, 1992, she joined Gwinnett County Public Schools (GCPS) as Assistant Principal at Pinckneyville Middle School; one year later was named the Director of Human Resources Critical Needs Staffing during a phase of tremendous growth in both the school district and the county. During her tenure in this position, she earned her Specialist in Education Degree and a Ph.D in Educational Leadership & Policies Studies from Georgia State University, adding to her existing credentials of an MS in Education and BS in Elementary and Special Education. Dr. Davis models lifelong learning. She completed her Master of Business Administration, MBA in October, 2012 at Saint Leo University, Saint Leo, Florida
Dr. Davis’s effectiveness as an Elementary and Middle School Principal and Director of Human Resources Critical Needs Staffing earned her the promotion as Chief Human Resource Officer for GCPS in 2001. GCPS currently, is the largest school district in Georgia with 176,800 students in 136 schools, the state’s largest employer with 22,800 employees and is the 13th largest school district in the nation. The district received national recognition by winning the National Broad Prize Award in 2010 and again in 2014. She oversees over 87% of a $3.2 billion dollar budget including $3.9 million for staff development. Dr. Davis has been instrumental in the GCPS’s acknowledgement in 2012 and 2013 by 4 publications, Atlanta Magazine, Gwinnett Magazine, Black Collegian Magazine, and the Atlanta Business Chronicle, as an employer of choice.
Dr. Davis has a strong focus on developing current and emerging school leaders along with teacher effectiveness. She is one of the lead instructors and assisted with curriculum development and program implementation of the district’s first Quality Plus Leadership Academy for new and aspiring principals. She currently leads the process of Principal selection in the district. The program’s success has secured a $3.7 million dollar grant from the Eli Broad Foundation and the Wallace Foundation to assist with the financial cost of the initiative.
Dr. Davis’s professional achievements have been recognized with numerous honors, such as One of the Top Ten Most Influential Women in Gwinnett County in 2007 by the Atlanta Journal Constitution, the Annual Community Leadership Award in 2007 by the United Ebony Society, a feature cover story in Gwinnett Magazine in 2006, CNN News feature on recruitment in 2006, the MLK Educator of the Year Award by the Gwinnett County MLK Foundation in 2002, United Ebony Society Educator of the Year in 2001 and an appointment to the Selective Service Board by Governor Roy Barnes in 1999. She was also selected for participation in the 2002 class of the Leadership Gwinnett Program and the Georgia’s School Superintendent’s Association, Superintendent Professional Development Program in 2005-2007. She received the 2011 United Way Women Legacy Award and was also recognized in the same year by the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce in the “Success Lives Here Forum”.
In addition to offering educational consulting and public speaking through her consulting company, Educational Consulting Services INC., Dr. Davis serves on several Boards; Peach State Federal Credit Union, Mercer University Educational Leadership Program, Georgia Partnership for Excellence in Education, Executive Board, Northeast Georgia Council, Boy Scouts, Board of Directors of the United Way Women’s Legacy Council and The Greater Atlanta Advisory Council, Donald T. Tapia School of Business, Atlanta Education Center. She also serves has an adjunct professor at the University of Georgia, Mercer University, Troy University, North Georgia College, Saint Leo University, University of West Georgia, Clark Atlanta University and Georgia State University.
Dr. Davis has continued to show her support for her profession with membership in multiple professional associations such as the Gwinnett Chamber of Commerce Partnership Gwinnett, Georgia Association of Educational Leaders, the Georgia Association of Secondary Principals, Association for Supervision and Curriculum Development, Georgia Association of School Personnel Administrators, the Society for Human Resources Management, the American Association of School Personnel Administrators and the American Association of School Administrators and the Gwinnett Rotary Club.