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by Thomas Giffin
The first thing one notices entering Pam Davis’ office is her MBA Diploma. Pam is understandably proud of the Clayton State University parchment. After all, she traveled around the globe and then secured her daughter’s future, before beginning her pursuit of the document that proudly hangs on her wall today.
Pam has seen much of the world – the glamorous and several of the not-so-glamorous spots – while supporting her husband’s ascent to the rank of LT. Colonel in the United States Army. During that journey, she also championed her daughter’s escalating swimming talents. When Katelyn Davis earned a scholarship to her mother’s undergraduate alma mater, the University of Alabama, Pam once again cheered, “Roll Tide!”
Only then, after many of her family responsibilities were, “Moving down the path we had hoped for,” did Pam decide, “It was my turn. So in my 40’s, I went back to Clayton State to earn my MBA,” she commented.
In 2009, Pam ultimately received her degree from Clayton State’s newly created MBA program. With determination, and hours of study, she had successfully balanced the work-school-family dynamic that is the trademark of so many successful Clayton State graduates.
“I had a tremendous support system, the Clayton State professors were always eager to help, and I became very close to many of my classmates who were experiencing the same challenges,” Pam recently explained.
Now, a 12-year veteran of Delta Community Credit Union, Pam serves as the Vice President of Retail Lending and Deputy Chief Lending Officer. The announcement touting Pam’s latest promotion within the organization states, “She has helped grow the Credit Union’s real estate loan portfolio from $668 million in 2002 to $1.3 billion today.”
Pam proudly reports she would have, “Never been able to apply for her present post without the MBA I earned at Clayton State.”
Pam remembers how many of the students in that first Clayton State MBA group would gather to study together before class.
“We became very close. The result was worth all the hard work … but there were some days where the challenges seemed daunting. Bonding with others who were experiencing the same concerns was very helpful to me,” Pam commented.
Drawing special note from Pam was Dr. Gary May’s Business Communication course. In a local publication highlighting four graduates of CSU’s first MBA class, Pam called May’s guidance, “Priceless,” and “Instruction that made me much more strategic in my communication throughout my professional life.”
May, a veteran faculty member of the CSU College of Business, beams when he talks of Pam and her first MBA cohorts and reports he enjoys tracking their careers.
“When Pam Davis enrolled in the MBA program, she was already successful in so many ways; yet she knew our program would be instrumental in reaching the future goals that she outlined for herself,” May recalls. “That first group (of MBA students) was very close, and Pam deserves credit for serving as an inspirational mentor – as well as a classmate - to many of the other students.”
Around the globe with her husband, to Tuscaloosa with her daughter and finally to the doorstep of Clayton State University ... Pam Davis’ pathway to her MBA degree will never be described as direct. However, based on her professional position and the office where her degree is displayed … by any definition, Pam’s route has to be labeled successful.