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    The Chidsey Center for Leadership Development is located in Philanthropic Hall.


The Chidsey Center for Leadership Development is named in honor of John and Lisa Chidsey, both Davidson alumni from the class of 1983. John is a college trustee, executive chairman of Red Book Connect, and former CEO of Burger King Corporation. The Chidseys contributed a major gift to Davidson that launched a campus-wide study of student leadership development. With funding from the Chidseys and support from the Duke Endowment, the Center opened in 2007.

Dave Newell

Dave Newell
M.A. University of Saint Thomas

I work with a talented staff to provide oversight of the key programs within the center and work to build relationships and foster collaboration among colleagues, community partners, and alumni to drive leadership development at Davidson and beyond.

Cayce Blackley

Cayce Blackley
Assistant Director
M.A. Appalachian State University

I oversee all leadership programming hosted by the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development, as well as all collaborative efforts between faculty, staff, students, and departments.