Office of Alumni Engagement Staff
Charles E. “Chuck” Davis III
As vice president of university advancement, Charles E. “Chuck” Davis III is a member of the president’s cabinet and oversees alumni relations and fundraising for MBU.
A seasoned leader with more than 25 years in the higher and secondary education sectors, Davis brings a demonstrated record of exceptional success in building sustainable advancement programs.
“Mary Baldwin is a special place — with a rich history and creative approach to its future,” Davis said. “I am thrilled to lead the advancement team. It will be a joy to meet our alumni, parents, and friends in the coming months as together we work to advance the university.”
Davis has previously worked in global fundraising, building philanthropy programs at the Robert Gordon University Foundation in Aberdeen, Scotland, as chief executive officer from 2012–15, and most recently as director of strategic development at the International School of Kuala Lumpur in Malaysia. In each position he has helped facilitate the most significant gifts in the institution’s history and built processes and teams for sustained success.
Prior to this international work, Davis served from 2003–12 as the director of the Ever Elon campaign and assistant vice president for university advancement at Elon University. Over his 10-year tenure he served as the key architect of Elon’s largest comprehensive campaign, surpassing the $100 million goal and garnering a Grand Finalist Award in 2009 for campaign communications and events from the Council for Advancement and Support of Education.
Prior to his work at Elon, Davis served as interim president and director of development for the Medical Foundation of East Carolina University, and director of development at the Graduate School of North Carolina State University. Davis is a graduate of Furman University. He and his wife, Flora Hall Davis, have two daughters.
Alumni engagement is my passion and my calling. From being a student leader in the Student Alumni Council at my alma mater, to working in higher education for more than 13 years, this work has meaning and purpose. I have always said that the relationship that a graduate has with their alma mater is one of the longest in their lifetime, outside of family, life-long friends, and their faith community, and it should be treated with care.
I have been fortunate to be at some great universities where I have learned to cherish the history of the institution and the people behind that history. I look forward to bringing my experiences here to Mary Baldwin to continue to build upon the great work that is already being done in order to position us for the future.
“The love and affinity that our alumni have for this institution speaks volumes about their experiences and the quality of the education they received while they were students,” she said. “The opportunity to come in and build on that history, while preparing for our future alumni needs that support the diversity of Mary Baldwin alumni is both challenging and thrilling at the same time. It is rare to find an institution like Mary Baldwin, and I am so excited to be here.”
As a child growing up in Staunton, Amy Davenport was fascinated with Mary Baldwin’s stunning campus architecture and historical legacy. She is thrilled that her career has taken her full circle back to her hometown and MBU, where OAE welcomes her expertise in relationship building, collaboration, and engagement.
After completing her undergraduate degree at the University of Virginia, Davenport worked as a museum educator for the Woodrow Wilson Birthplace. She then earned a master’s of education from George Mason University and transitioned into teaching high school history in northern Virginia, including running a summer leadership enrichment program for minority students.
After Davenport returned to the Shenandoah Valley, she pursued a career in sales, customer service training, and project management. Most recently, she is noted for her motivational speaking and training for local organizations as a consultant, as well as an adjunct professor for Blue Ridge Community College.
Before coming onboard at MBU, Davenport co-created “Meet Staunton!” alongside Christina Harrison, director of the Spencer Center for Civic and Global Engagement. This pilot program introduced rising MBU first-year students to Staunton, its residents, and local businesses.
In her role in OAE, Davenport will head up communication, engagement, and events with chapters of MBU alumni. She will help bolster development of alumni chapters; create mentorship/internship opportunities for alumni and students, alongside the Vantage Point: Office of Personal and Professional Development; and will energize the BRAVO recruitment program, working with the Office of Admissions.
An MBU alumna, Anne Holland graduated in 1988 with a bachelor of arts in history. She began working at MBU in 1989, and, during her 28-year tenure, she has worked in many capacities for both Development and Alumni Engagement. Also notable is that Holland initiated the creation of The Grafton Society, which gives special recognition to MBU alumnae who graduated at least 50 years ago.
Holland serves as the liaison for both internal and external groups who want to have events in the Alumnae House. She also heads up inaugurations, serves as the archivist between alumni and the university, and supports OAE events and initiatives. She is also the friendly voice on the line for calls to OAE.
She is a committee member for the Doenges Visiting Scholar Committee as well as staff liaison for the Alumni Engagement Committee of the Alumni Board.She will also be the point person for Class Notes in the MBU magazine.