Doing Good, Having Fun

The Board of Trustees Welcomes New Chair, Dorothy A. Davis, JD '78

"The board is made up of intelligent, caring, and strategic people coming together to collaborate in a spirited way to further a really important mission. We're having fun and we're doing good things," says Dot Davis, the new chairperson of Carlow University's Board of Trustees.

Since 2004, Davis has practiced law at Eckert Seamans, where she became the first woman to serve as co-CEO. Carlow University Magazine caught up with her to learn why she feels driven to not only volunteer on the board but also lead the cause.

Carlow Magazine:Let's talk about your time at Carlow as a student. What are your favorite memories?

Dot DavisDot Davis: Hands down, my favorite memory and the person who was most influential in my life was Dr. Ellie Wymard, ['58, the former head of women's studies and former director of the Master of Fine Arts program,] who started Carlow's Madwomen in the Attic writing workshops. She opened my eyes to the importance of feminine authority, of equal rights, and of equal pay; and she is the reason I became a lawyer.

I had a lot of fun at Carlow. To this day, I still have good friends that I made there, and it was very much a time for activism. It created my core values—values that I rely on to this day and give me courage in my own convictions.

CM:What advice would you like to offer current students?

DD: Immerse yourself. Learn as much as you can about as many different subjects as you can. Have as much fun as you can. Meet as many people as you can. Don't sleep! [laughs] Study and work as hard as you can. It is a unique time of your life.

CM:Why is community service important to you?

DD: There are two main reasons. First, I believe it is every citizen's responsibility to leave the world better than when we entered it. It's an immutable responsibility of every good citizen. Secondly, it is rewarding and fun! Helping others allows you to gain new ideas, to learn new things, to appreciate other people's views and their concerns. You are focusing on them and not your own problems, so it is a great way to be positive and help yourself.

CM:What do you see on the horizon for Carlow?

DD: Carlow has such a wonderful message and is located in a prime spot in Pittsburgh's innovation corridor. Carlow is different from Carnegie Mellon University and the University of Pittsburgh. If we emphasize social justice, moral aspects, and spiritual aspects of our university, Carlow's place in the innovation corridor is one that only we can fulfill. We are launching the College of Professional Studies and looking at public-private partnerships to enable Carlow to grow; it's a very exciting time to be on the board. There are so many positive opportunities for us.


New Officers for the Carlow University Board of Trustees


In addition to Dot Davis being the new chair of the Board of Trustees, Carlow University welcomes the following new officers to its Board of Trustees: Bill Schenck, one of the co-founders of TriState Capital, and a former executive with PNC, will be the vice chair; Sister Helen Marie Burns, RSM, will be the vice chair for mission; Bryan DiLucente, CPA, CFF, CGMA, the managing director of LitCon Group, will be the treasurer; and Mary McGinley, a partner with the law firm Meyer Unkovic and Scott, will be the secretary.