Dr. Mike Davis

Playing with Nukes: Dr. Davis Parlays education and Experience into Philanthropy


Dr. Mike Davis

Raised in Pampa, Texas, and a graduate of Pampa High School, Dr. Michael Davis holds a B.A. with Honors in philosophy from Wayland Baptist University, an M.A. in philosophy and an M.A. in history from Baylor University, and a Ph.D. in education and human development from Vanderbilt University.

“Wayland gave me room to explore my talents and to learn to apply those in ways I’d never dreamed.  Love and support from the Wayland Family inspire me to this day.”

Dr. Davis, who likes to be called Mike, is a recognized expert on nuclear training and qualification; is the functional area manager for the nuclear training and qualification safety management program at the Nevada National Security Site (formerly the Nevada Test Site); and, has worked for almost a quarter century to ensure that training, qualification, and certification at U. S. Department of Energy facilities leads to safe and reliable work performance.

He currently resides in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Mike has been the primary donor for 5 endowed scholarships and has supported numerous other Wayland projects.  He has also received numerous awards from his employers; has been inducted into the Pampa High School Harvester Hall of Fame as a role model for Pampa students; and, has been honored by Wayland as a Distinguished Young Alumnus, a Distinguished Alumni Benefactor, and as a Keeper of the Flame.  

“One of my favorite memories from my time at Wayland was defending my Honors Thesis, giving a precis of that work at the April 1987 Honors Banquet, and speaking at the April 2015 Honor Luncheon.”

He considers his greatest accomplishment what he’s given back to Wayland so that other students may benefit from being Wayland Family.

“Don Cook, Estelle Owens, and other Wayland faculty and staff taught me the meaning of Cardinal John Newman’s concept that ‘A University is, according to the usual designation, an Alma Mater, knowing her children one by one, not a foundry, or a mint, or a treadmill.’  That’s why I support Wayland—it is important to keep the conversation going.”