James L. Davis

Turtle Mountain Community College
(Commissioner Alternate)
(701) 477-7865
P.O. Box 340
BIA Road #7
North Dakota
Appointment Term: 
Feb 14, 2017

Dr. Jim Davis, president, Turtle Mountain Community College (TMCC), is an enrolled member of the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians. He grew up on the reservation and is a graduate of Turtle Mountain Community High School in Belcourt, ND. Dr. Davis joined TMCC in 2005 and has a history of working for tribal colleges, elementary, middle, and secondary education. He is a past dean of education of the United Tribes Technical College, Bismarck, ND; a past Board of Regents member for Haskell Indian Nations University, Lawrence, KS; a graduate assistant at Pennsylvania State University, and the past assistant program director for the Pennsylvania State Universitys Native American Leadership Training Program, University Park, PA.Dr. Davis other professional experiences have included being the director of Indian Education for the North Dakota Department of Public Instruction, director of state-wide American Indian Curricular Development Program, and past stints as an elementary teacher, elementary school principal, and as superintendent of schools for his tribe, the Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians.Dr. Davis is a graduate of Dickinson State University, Dickinson, ND; and a M.Ed. and D.Ed. graduate of Pennsylvania State University, University Park, PA. He has also done post-doctoral work at the University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA). Dr. Davis is married to Lita, and they are the proud parents of four children: Scott, Dustin, Kerri, and Jayme. They also have three granddaughters: Seanna, Santana, and Angelina. Like many tribal college presidents, Dr. Davis has a passion for his job as president of TMCC.