The President

Dr. Christopher B. Davis


Dr. Christopher B. Davis is the 14th President of LeMoyne-Owen College.

Serving as a former Board of Trustees member for nearly seven years and Interim President since July 2023, he brings a wealth of multifaceted experience as a faith, business, and community leader.
Under Dr. Davis’ leadership as Interim President, LeMoyne-Owen has spearheaded a comprehensive institutional rebranding that emphasized its distinction as the nation’s 5th oldest and Memphis’ only Historically Black College and University (HBCU). Significant changes were made to staff, including filling key roles such as Chief Financial Officer and adding a Director of Campus Safety and Director of Grants and Strategic Initiatives. Additionally, he was pivotal in bringing Men’s Volleyball to the College’s sports offerings. He also championed initiatives to revitalize existing campus facilities, enhancing the overall institution infrastructure.

Prior to his interim appointment at LeMoyne-Owen College, he served a transformative 17-year tenure at Memphis Theological Seminary, advancing the institution as Associate Professor and Associate Dean of Doctoral Studies where he increased growth by 1,500 percent over five years and implemented strategic initiative in curriculum development. 

He has earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from both the University of Arkansas and Arkansas Baptist College. He holds a Master of Arts degree from Memphis Theological Seminary, and a Doctor of Ministry degree with emphasis on Preaching and Leadership from the United Theological Seminary in Dayton, Ohio. Additionally, he has completed studies at the Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University.  Presently, he is pursuing a Doctor of Philosophy (Ph.D.) degree in Leadership with a concentration in Higher Education Leadership from Anderson University.