Glen W. Davidson

Chairman, Board of Directors


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Glen W. Davidson is a Professor Emeritus of Psychiatry and Medical Humanities at Southern Illinois University. In his administrative career, he has served as a departmental chair, dean, academic vice president, and provost. His last administrative position was Director of Academic Programs for the New Mexico Commission on Higher Education.

Currently, he is senior consultant/evaluator for the Higher Learning Commission, which is the accrediting agency for all colleges and universities in the North Central Association region (from West Virginia to Arizona). For his research and leadership in accountability processes and measures, he was awarded the Commission’s Distinguished Service Award in 2007.

Dr. Davidson earned a Ph.D. degree in the history and anthropology of religions from the Claremont Graduate University, and has been honored for his research by Claremont, the University of Iowa College of Medicine, and the University of the Pacific. He is the author of fourteen books and numerous scholarly articles, and the former editor of two scholarly journals. He has received the Award of Merit from the Association of American Museums on two occasions. In 2008, he was one of the principal presenters, the fifth year in a row, at the annual U.S. Congress on Psychiatry and Mental Health.

Glen joined the SAR Board in 2007. He and his wife Shirlee reside in Santa Fe.

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