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Dave Newell


M.A. University of Saint Thomas
B.A. Gustavus Adolphus College


My vocation is to be an educator and to challenge those I engage to think critically and reach their respective potentials. Throughout my 12-plus years in higher education, I have worked to engage students in developing as leaders and becoming active in their communities.

I have worked in both leadership development and community engagement, partnering with faculty, staff, students, and community organizations to provide hands-on, meaningful experiences that challenge students to think deeply and learn life skills.

In the Chidsey Center for Leadership Development, 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.

In addition to my work in higher education, I provide consulting services to for-profit, government, and nonprofit organizations in the areas of leadership development, persuasive communication, and strategic planning. As part of the consulting work, I am active in the Art of Hosting (a.k.a. the Art of Participatory Leadership) community and utilize the methods and practices to facilitate meaningful conversations around complex issues.

I am a lifelong learner and find joy in great dialogue and asking big questions.