State Education Leader Joins Oxford Community Project

Dr. Janice O. Davis to Work to Establish Communities In Schools Program

Oxford, NC, December 02, 2006 --( Oxford Community Project, Inc., a non-profit foundation based in Oxford, N.C., announced today that Dr. Janice O. Davis will lead the foundation’s efforts to establish Communities In Schools initially in Granville County and later in Vance County. Previously, Dr. Davis has served as North Carolina Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction.

Over the past year, Oxford Community Project, Inc., in partnership with Communities In Schools of North Carolina (CISNC), has sponsored several new initiatives at Mary Potter Intermediate School in Oxford. These initiatives include a character-based morning program, a positive behavior incentive system, and an after school mentoring and enrichment program.

In her new role with Oxford Community Project, Dr. Davis will coordinate the launch of Communities In Schools in Granville County, in addition to serving as the Executive Director of this new organization.

“We are excited about the opportunity of working with Janice,” said Nelson Campbell, President of Oxford Community Project, Inc. “She is uniquely qualified to lead the Foundation’s efforts to support local schools. Dr. Davis understands educational reform and knows the local community well, both as a resident and a former Superintendent.”

“Communities In Schools is delighted to have Granville County and eventually Vance County join our network of community based organizations focused on helping all students succeed,” said Linda Harrill, President and CEO of Communities in Schools of North Carolina. “We have worked closely with Dr. Davis over the years and I cannot think of a better person to lead this effort. She brings a wealth of professional knowledge and a real commitment to see our youth succeed and CISNC will provide support as we move this effort forward.”

In addition to serving as North Carolina’s Deputy State Superintendent of Public Instruction since 2003, Dr. Davis has served in a variety of administrative positions in Durham and Granville counties, including four years as Superintendent of Granville County Schools. Dr. Davis has approximately a decade of experience teaching in the classroom. She holds a B.S. in Science Education, an M.A. in Teaching, and a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction, and has served as an adjunct professor at UNC-Chapel Hill.

“It is wonderful that Dr. Davis has chosen to channel her professional energies through this new leadership role in our community,” commented Tom Williams, Superintendent of Granville County Schools. “Her knowledge, experience and passion for helping all students and their families in achieving success through the CIS partnership will be a vital new resource to our community.”

About Communities In Schools of NC, Inc.
Communities In Schools has earned its place as the nation’s leading community-based organization helping kids succeed in schools and prepare for life. There are 36 local operational programs in North Carolina serving over 400 schools and other sites. During the past school year, CIS served over 80,000 youth and family members and it maintains a presence in the four largest school districts in North Carolina. For more information on CISNC visit

About Oxford Community Project, Inc.
Oxford Community Project is a non-profit foundation that is developing and implementing an innovative development strategy in the community of Oxford, NC. Its long-term mission is to demonstrate in a real world setting that well informed and financially empowered local action, focused on addressing issues from multiple fronts, is more effective in solving social problems than governmental solutions developed and applied from a distance. An early step in this effort has been the foundation’s support of local schools.

Nelson Campbell - 919-824-3705 or 
Dr. Janice Davis - 919-807-3441

Oxford Community Project
Nelson Campbell