Davis College (New York)
|President||Dino J. Pedrone|
|Location||Johnson City, NY, USA|
|Campus||Suburban area, 22 acres|
|Athletics||6 Varsity Teams|
Davis College was founded in April 1900 by evangelist Reverend John Adelbert Davis. Rev. Davis wanted to start a school similar to his alma mater, Moody Bible Institute, located in Chicago. He taught the first classes at what was then known as Practical Bible School with an enrollment of about 80 to 90 students. The school's first classes were held in an upper level of a store in Lestershire (Johnson City), New York.
Davis College is now located at the former location of the White City Amusement Park. In 1910, the park went bankrupt, and Davis purchased the property. Practical Bible Training School moved to the address one year later.
Davis died on Saturday, March 17, 1934. His oldest son, Gordon Carr Davis, became the president and Practical Bible Training School changed its legal name to the John A. Davis Memorial Bible School. In 1993, it was renamed Practical Bible College. In August 2004, the college became Davis College in honor of its founder John A. Davis.
Academics and accreditation
In 1993, the school was accredited by the State of New York and became Practical Bible College. Davis College was first regionally accredited in June 2005 by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools and accredited nationally by The Association for Biblical Higher Education in 1985.
Specialized ministry programs include Pastoral Studies, Youth Ministries, Teaching English as a Second Language, Christian Ministries, International Ministries, Music/Worship Leader, and Organizational Leadership. The College also offers a "4 Plus 1" Elementary Education articulation agreement allowing graduates from the Christian Ministries program to pursue a MsEd in Childhood Education an a Christian university. This provides certification that is reciprocal in 48 states, including New York and Florida, allowing graduates to teach in both public and private schools.
In 2012, Davis College purchased Blessed Sacrament Church, which was heavily damaged by flooding in 2011. This acquisition provided the school with its first distinct chapel. In addition, the college hopes to renovate and utilize this property for offices, classrooms, guest speaker housing, and The Practical Institute.
Davis College has men's and women's residence halls, each housing up to 60-70 students. There are also married student apartments and upperclassmen suites.
- John R. Clements, 1900—July 31, 1914
- John Adelbert Davis, August 7, 1914—March 17, 1934
- Gordon Carr Davis, April 30, 1934—December 7, 1961
- Marion C. Patterson, December 11, 1961—December 31, 1970
- Kenneth C. Robb, January 1, 1971—June 30, 1980
- Woodrow M. Kroll, January 1, 1981—May 31, 1990
- Dale E. Linebaugh, July 1, 1991—June 30, 1998
- George D. Miller III, July 1, 1998- June 30, 2008 
- Dino J. Pedrone, July 1, 2008-