The University of Texas at Arlington African-American Alumni Chapter hosted the 23rd Annual African-American Alumni Banquet, Saturday, March 9, 2013 in the Bluebonnet Ballroom of the E.H. Hereford University Center, at UT Arlington.
Walter Dansby ‘74
The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the 2013 Outstanding African-American Alumni Award to Walter Dansby ‘74 and Archie Davis ‘86. Numerous alumni, students, University officials and community leaders attended the event.
The net proceeds from this event benefit the African-American Endowed Scholarship Fund, which provides scholarships for deserving students each year.
More about the 2013 Outstanding African-American Alumni Award honorees:
Mr. Dansby began his career in the Fort Worth ISD in 1974 as a History teacher and coach at Rosemont Middle School. During his tenure he has served the District as a head high school basketball coach at Paschal High School, assistant principal at Paschal High School, principal at O.D. Wyatt High School, executive director of instruction for the South Quadrant, associate superintendent of the Instructional Team for Area 1, and deputy superintendent for Operational Management and Human Resources. He is also responsible for overseeing the District’s Capital Improvement Program, a $593.6 million, multi-year effort to renovate aging facilities, add modernized classrooms and build five new schools. Under his leadership the CIP program is on time and under budget.
Mr. Dansby is a graduate of Fort Worth ISD’s Paul Laurence Dunbar High School. He received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Arlington and a Master of Education degree from Tarleton State University.
Among the many awards and accolades received by Mr. Dansby are the Excellence in Education Award from the Multi-Ethnic Chamber of Commerce; the Men of Distinction Award from Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity; the Distinguished Service Award from the Greater Fort Worth Area Negro Business and Professional Women’s Club; Public Sector Advocate Award by the Black Contractors Association; and, last year, the Dr. Marion J. Brooks Living Legend Award for Education.
Mr. Dansby and his wife Sharon have two daughters, Marsha and Leigh Ann.
Colonel (Retired) Archie P. Davis III
Colonel (Retired) Archie P. Davis III, although a native of Riviera Beach, Florida, he grew up and attended school in Donalsonville, Georgia. After graduating from High School on the 4 June 1981, he entered the Army on 5 June 1981 as a Cavalry Scout (19D). After serving a little over 2 years on active duty and completing 1 year of college, he won a 3 year ROTC Scholarship (an active duty program which awarded 125 scholarships per year to deserving Soldiers). He was released from active duty in July 1983 in order to attend college full time, and to pursue an Army commission.
While participating in the ROTC (Maverick Battalion) program at UTA, as a MS II Cadet, he served as the Cadet First Sergeant for Charlie Company, and served as a member of the Color Guard. As a MS III, he served as the Commander of the UTA ROTC Color Guard. After distinguishing himself during summer camp at Fort Riley, Kansas during the summer of 1985, he became the first African American to serve as the Cadet Corps Commander. He earned the coveted “George C. Marshall ROTC” award and numerous other awards for his service as a UTA ROTC Cadet. In May 1986, COL (Ret) Davis earned a commissioned as a second lieutenant and graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington’s ROTC program as a Distinguished Military Graduate. In December 1986, COL (Ret) graduated from the University of Texas at Arlington (UTA) with a BBA degree in Management. Additionally, while attending UTA, he was inducted into “Who’s Who Among America’s Colleges and Universities,” and was selected as one of “America’s Most Outstanding Young Men” in 1985. He re-entered active duty on 4 January 1987 as an Air Defense Artillery Officer, and served with the 2nd Battalion, 44th Air Defense Artillery Regiment, 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) at Fort Campbell, Kentucky.
Colonel (Retired) Davis currently serves as the Director, Financial & Resource Management / Assistant Chief of Staff, G8, United States Army Operational Test Command (USAOTC) at Fort Hood, Texas.
Colonel (Retired) Davis is married to the former Jacqueline Rena Powell of Thomasville, Alabama. They have three kids, Vernon Davis who is married (wife – Valarie) and has 3 daughters; Warrant Officer Kurtis Davis, who is married (wife – Hanna), and is a recent graduate of the Army Aviation School. He is a Blackhawk (UH60) pilot at Fort Bliss, Texas; and daughter – Nikki Davis, a recent graduate of the University of Texas at San Antonio (USTA), and currently serves as an Accountant with the First National Bank in Killeen, Texas.
Special Thanks to the 2013 African-American Alumni Banquet Sponsors
Platinum Maverick Level
Dr. Maxwell C. and Vivian M. Scarlett
UT Arlington Office of the President
UT Arlington Office of the Provost
College of Science
Division of Student Affairs
Office of Human Resources
Office of Administration and Campus Operations
Dr. Michael and Dorothy Burton
College of Liberal Arts
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