As West Virginia University's oldest academic unit, the history
of the Davis College of Agriculture, Natural Resources and Design is deeply
rooted in the land-grant mission. Since 1867, the college has been committed to
educating and training our future leaders, conducting groundbreaking research
and performing public outreach and service.
The college has had many
accomplishments since its inception. Of the most notable achievements is the
Allegheny Highlands Project of the 1970s which helped to revitalize the
livestock-forage industry in West Virginia. Another significant cooperative
project with Tanzania, Kenya and Uganda to provide assistance in developing
higher education facilities and training the countries' future agricultural
Virginia University celebrates its 150th
anniversary, join the Davis College as it reflects on its proud history of fulfilling the land-grant mission. From Feb. 13 to Feb. 15, we'll be celebrating some past accomplishments, achievements in education and research, and the multitude of resources that enrich the student experience.
In 2001, WVU announced an $18.4 million gift from Gladys Gwendolyn Davis
and Vivian Davis Michael. At the time, it was the largest private
donation from individuals in WVU's history and targeted $16.2 million to
the College of Agriculture, Forestry and Consumer Sciences. In honor of
the women, the college was renamed the Davis College of Agriculture,
Forestry and Consumer Sciences.