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William Peace University Names Ryan W. Davis as Director of Residence Life and Housing

Four-Year Baccalaureate University Hires Davis to Lead Student Life Residence and Housing Department

Raleigh, NC, December 19, 2012 --( William Peace University (, a private four-year university located in downtown Raleigh, has announced that Ryan W. Davis has been named director of residence life and housing. In his role, Davis will be responsible for overseeing all activities related to the overall residential life experience of William Peace University, which will include student development and daily operations. Additionally, Davis will establish and maintain communication with students living in the residence halls, serve as a personal counseling resource for residence hall students, and oversee the long-term growth of the university’s residence life and housing department. With more than seven years of higher education experience, Davis previously worked as the area coordinator and assistant director of summer programs at Texas Lutheran University in Seguin.

“There is nothing like being a part of a college campus and working alongside students during one of the most exciting and challenging moments of their life,” said Davis. “William Peace University understands the importance and role of the residence life and housing department, as it plays a crucial role in helping students receive a well-rounded educational experience that extends beyond classroom learning. I look forward to working with the students, faculty and staff as we work together to ensure that our students have a safe and enjoyable time while attending university.”

"The college experience encompasses so much more than the time spent in a classroom," said Debra M. Townsley, Ph.D., president of William Peace University. “Our residence life and housing department recognize the importance of ensuring that the needs of students staying on our campus after regular class hours are met. With a passion for supporting students through their educational journey, Ryan is the best person to lead our efforts, and I look forward to watching as this department continues to grow and serve students on campus.”

- Davis earned a Bachelor of Arts from McMurry University in Abilene, Texas, in theatre and psychology. In 2011, he graduated from Hardin-Simmons University in Abilene with a Master of Arts in family psychology.

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William Peace University is located in the heart of Raleigh, North Carolina. It was founded in 1857 as Peace Institute, offering education for boys and girls in primary grades and to women from high school to college. Peace, an all women's college, became a four-year baccalaureate college and graduated its first bachelor's students in August of 1996. Exclusively an all-women's institution for its first 152 years, Peace began offering coeducational evening courses through the William Peace School of Professional Studies in 2009. In 2011, Peace College transitioned to William Peace University and welcomed its first coeducational class to its day program in fall 2012. Its mission is to prepare students for careers in the organizations of tomorrow. On average, more than 90 percent of the university's graduates are placed in jobs or graduate school within one year of graduation. For more information, please visit

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