Dave Pottenger (’79)

Durham, NC


Senior Vice-President/Senior Portfolio Manager/Financial Advisor
The Brightleaf Group, Morgan Stanley


A.B. Davidson, 1979

At Davidson

President, Phi Gamma Delta, Member of Interfraternity Council, Member of Patterson Court Council

Alumni Activities

40th Reunion Committee Member, Fund for Davidson Class Agent, Chair and Co-Chair, 35th Reunion Gift Chair, Half-year, 10th, 15th, 25th and 30th Reunion Committee Member, Durham/Chapel Hill NC Chapter President 2001-2006, Davidson Alumni Admission Program, Regional Campaign Committee Member, Davidson Connect Mentor, Give Campus Advocate, Campaign Advance Team

Other Activities

The Forest at Duke CCRC, Board Chair, Hope Valley Country Club, President, Durham Chamber of Commerce, NC Museum of Life and Science, Board Chair, Elder: Westminster Presbyterian Church, YMCA of Durham, Lakewood Board Chair, Durham Community Shelter for Hope, Board Chair, Executive Service Corps, Board Chair, Call to Action Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Westminster Presbyterian Church, Evergreen Capital Campaign Co-Chair, Durham Academy

Personal Statement

I arrived on the Davidson campus in the Fall of 1975, an unsure teenager questioning the wisdom of choosing to go college 1000 miles from where I grew up.  I still recall the nervous walk across campus to the registration area at what was then our brand new Student Union.  From the moment I got in line, however, Davidson College welcomed me with open arms.  The “incredible adventure” began that day, and continues to the present. 

It’s difficult to put into words what it is about Davidson that causes it to resonate so vividly with each of us.  Perhaps it’s the unique combination of integrity, trust, pursuit of excellence, challenge and relationship that creates a path for us to follow not only during our time there, but also once we launch our life’s journey.  Davidson always seems to push us to be our best and truest selves. 

My wife, Sara, also Class of ’79, and I have had the extraordinary good fortune to see our two daughters graduate from Davidson.  Viewing the College through the lens of a parent was highly instructive and profoundly gratifying.  We saw a College work tirelessly to expand its students’ perspectives, challenge them to stretch beyond their normal comfort zones, and do all this while crafting lifelong relationships with a rich array of friends.  It truly is a transformational place.

I am honored and humbled to even be asked to run for the position of Alumni Association President.  An engaged alumni body brings energy, commitment and talent to a college.  The college is well-served by this.  Davidson’s alumni body contributes so profoundly to the College, and it would be a privilege to assist in leading that effort.  Ours is an alumni group with many different and well-constructed perspectives.  I will seek to understand these fully.  And finally, I will bring a fierce love for Davidson, one that motivates me daily to live up to the core values the College helped form in me so many years ago.