New Dean for Joseph Baldwin Academy

Adam Davis, professor of English, was named the dean of the Joseph Baldwin Academy (JBA) on May 10, 2006. Davis took command of  the JBA effective with the beginning of the 2006-2007 academic year.

Davis, who specializes in folklore, writing, linguistics and medieval studies, has been associated with the academy for most of the 15 years that he has taught at Truman.

According to Garry Gordon, vice president for academic affairs, Davis brings, “great JBA experience to the position, and a strong vision for the continuing growth and development of this wonderful summer offering for gifted students.”

Davis replaces Jeff Gall, associate professor of history and social science education, who stepped down from the dean’s position with the conclusion of the 2006 summer JBA session.

The Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars offers talented 7th, 8th and 9th-grade students a head-start on their future university careers by fully integrating them into the college experience through a three-week summer course. Students live on campus, and take courses in all areas of the liberal arts. The academy started in 1985 as a way to provide the benefits of a liberal arts education to students beyond the University’s own undergraduates.
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