Gordon Davies served as the Director of the State Council of Higher Education for Virginia from 1977 until 1997, and as President of the Kentucky Council on Postsecondary Education from 1998 until 2002. He has taught at Yale University, Richard Stockton State College, and the Teachers College of Columbia University. He was a founding dean of Richard Stockton State College in New Jersey. Born in New York City, he is a Navy veteran and worked for several years in computer sales for the IBM Corporation. His earned degrees are from Yale University in English (BA) and the Philosophy of Religion (MA, PhD).
He currently serves as a senior adviser to a Lumina Foundation project, Making Opportunities Affordable, and to the Miller Center of Public Affairs at the University of Virginia. From 2002 through 2006, he directed a project to improve state higher education policy making. Funding for the project was provided by The Pew Charitable Trusts. In 2007, he served on a panel appointed by Virginia Governor Tim Kaine to investigate shootings at Virginia Tech that left 33 people dead and 17 wounded on April 16, 2007.
Dr. Davies spent last year as a volunteer in the West Bank of Palestine. He taught English literature at Birzeit University and worked at a historic Quaker school in Ramallah.