Alumnus David Fleming has a distinguished administrative career in higher education, and has demonstrated the significance of life-long learning through responsibilities at Davenport University. For his contributions and service to education, he has earned the Eberly College of Arts and Sciences Alumni Recognition Award.

The Eberly College Alumni Award recognizes individuals whose life reflects the commitment and excitement which broadly educated arts and sciences people bring to their life pursuits. The award seeks to acknowledge the important contributions Eberly alumni are making in their community and within their professions.

Fleming has just concluded a successful term as executive vice president for academics and provost at Davenport University in Grand Rapids, Mich., a private multi-campus master’s granting university specializing in business, technology and health professions. During his tenure, he spearheaded several institutional efforts to strengthen and improve Davenport University’s efficiency, including reconstructing faculty performance evaluation systems and incorporating an aggressive strategy to hire more full-time faculty. He also oversaw the Library Information Commons, experiential learning and study abroad offices, and general education curriculum.

Previously, Fleming was vice president for academic services, executive director of faculty development and assessment, and division chair of English, Communication and Humanities at Davenport University’s main campus and Dearborn campus. He also taught at Indiana University for six years. Fleming earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English from WVU in 1984 and 1986, respectively, and a doctoral degree in American Literature and American Studies from Indiana University in 1994.

The Eberly College of Arts and Sciences established this recognition to bring to the attention of the campus, the community, and the nation, the continuing value and importance of an arts and sciences education in the 21st century. Upon the recommendation of its Advisory Board, the College created this award in 1998. The first awards were presented in 1999, and the College encourages individuals to nominate graduates for the Alumni Recognition Award.

Recipients are invited to campus to accept their award. During their visit, they are able to meet and discuss ideas and issues with students and faculty. To insure permanent recognition, a plaque with the names of recipients is mounted in Woodburn Hall.

Fleming will accept his award when he gives the keynote address at the Eberly College’s Graduate Hooding Ceremony on Sunday, May 16, at 10 a.m. at the Morgantown Events Center.

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