Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour - Profile of a College President
by Dr. Davie Jane Gilmour
President of the College
Dr. Gilmour lives the American dream. Her parents, a welder and a teacher, taught her to appreciate the opportunities of education and to respect the dignity of work and service.
She began her career as a dental hygienist and accepted a teaching position at Williamsport Area Community College in the 1970s. She was working her way through the ranks of college administration when W.A.C.C. became a special mission affiliate of Penn State in 1989. She was named president in 1998.
Beyond her role as campus leader, Dr. Gilmour has achieved international prominence as the Chairman of the Little League International Board of Directors. She is the first woman to chair the organization.
She also is Vice Chairman of the Board of Susquehanna Health, former Chairman of the First Community Foundation of Pennsylvania, President of the Community Arts Center Board of Directors, Executive Committee member of the Williamsport-Lycoming Chamber of Commerce Board, Chairman of the Economic Development and Growth Corporation, and Commissioner for the Middle States Commission on Higher Education.
This range of experience – from higher education to youth sports, workforce development to health care, culture and the arts to business development – provides a broad perspective from which she draws her thoughts about important issues in our communities.
Dr. Gilmour plans to share her unique perspectives on a variety of topics through the Penn College Blog. Her primary motivation, she said, is to encourage others to recognize the importance of making their own contributions to society.
“What makes us unique as individuals is our ability to overcome obstacles, to apply our knowledge and our skills for a purpose, and to contribute in meaningful ways to our families and our communities. Number one, a leader has to be somebody who’s inspiring, somebody who removes obstacles and gets the job done.”
She concludes that the only way to make a difference is to embrace opportunities to grow and to serve.
“Getting the job done often requires us to step outside our comfort zones,” she said. “That is a good thing. Every time we meet a challenge with courage, commitment and compassion, we can make a difference.”