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Catawba College Hires New Director of Human Resources and Legal Counsel

May 18, 2018

Category: Staff

DrewDavis18.jpgDrew H. Davis of Beaufort, S.C., has been hired by Catawba College as Director of Human Resources and Legal Counsel, effective June 1. Davis will report to Executive Vice President for Finance and Operations Nelson Murphy.

Davis will replace Larry Farmer of Landis who retires May 31 after 20 years of service as Catawba’s first Director of Human Resources.

“We welcome Drew to our campus community and look forward to putting his extensive experience and insights to work for the College and all of our faculty, staff and students,” said Catawba College President Brien Lewis in making the announcement of Davis’ hiring.

Davis has practiced education law for nearly 18 years, 14 of those in North Carolina. He is departing his position as General Counsel to the Beaufort and Hilton Head, South Carolina Public School System, one he has held since August 2014.

His prior employment experience includes serving four years as General Counsel to the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Board of Education, one of the largest 90 public school systems in the U.S. with more than 9,000 employees and more than 53,000 students.

Davis is a member of the North Carolina State Bar, North Carolina Bar Association, and South Carolina State Bar. He has served on the Education Committee of the NCBA and South Carolina Bar. He is well-versed in advising education clients on human resources and personnel matters, including the Family Medical Leave Act (FMLA), Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA), Fair Labor Standards Act (FLSA), student conduct and discipline, the Family Education Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), athletics issues, student health and Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA), campus safety, and more. His experience includes responding to administrative complaints regarding Titles II, VII, IX, special education and discrimination-related issues.

He has served as a private educational consultant and also as an adjunct professor teaching graduate-level education law courses at both Salem College in Winston-Salem, and North Carolina A&T State University in Greensboro. Davis is also a frequent presenter on education law topics.

Davis is a member of the South Carolina Council of School Attorneys and the National Council of School Attorneys, and a former member of the North Carolina Council of School Attorneys.

An alumnus of Wake Forest University, he earned his Bachelor of Arts degree in History and Communications, and his Juris Doctor from the Wake Forest University School of Law.

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