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Frances Marine Davis - JD

Chief Counsel & Campus Affairs Officer
Office of the President

Phone: 478.471.2472

  • Macon - Administration - 229
    Phone: 478.471.2472
Courses: Spring 2018 - Middle Georgia State University (Macon, GA)
- Legal Environment of Business (online), School of Business
- Security Policy, Ethics, and Legal Environment (online MSIT), School of Information Technology

Fall 2017 - Middle Georgia State University (Macon, GA)
- Legal Environment of Business (online), School of Business

Fall 2013 - Georgia State University (Atlanta, GA)
- Media Ethics & Society, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication
- Media Writing, College of Arts & Sciences, Department of Communication

Fall 2012 - Temple University (Philadelphia, PA)
- Legal Issues in Communication Management, School of Media & Communication Graduate Program
Education: Juris Doctor, 2003
Catholic University of America Columbus School of Law (Washington, D.C.)

B.A. Interdisciplinary Social Science (Political Science and Economics), 1999
Florida State University (Tallahassee, FL)
Professional Experience: Frances Marine Davis is Chief Counsel in the Office of the President at Middle Georgia State. She also oversees Campus Affairs, supervising the Campus Directors at each of the University's locations outside Macon.

Davis joined Middle Georgia State in 2014 as Special Assistant to the President, overseeing presidential communications and certain strategic initiatives, as well as legal affairs. A member of the President’s Cabinet, Davis chairs Middle Georgia State's Compliance Commission and its Strategic Planning Board. She also advises the President's Torch Society, a leadership honor society serving the campus and surrounding communities.

Licensed to practice law in Georgia and Pennsylvania, Davis is an active member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys (NACUA). Prior to a career in law, Davis spent more than a decade working in communications in the public and private sectors.

Most recently, Davis was director of communications at the Georgia State University School of Public Health in Atlanta. She began her career in state government in Florida, where she served as a spokesperson for the Department of Corrections, communications director for the Department of Education, and as a speechwriter for then-Governor Jeb Bush.

At the federal level, Davis was a public affairs advisor for the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief, FEMA, the U.S. State Department and USAID. Following government service, she was director of public and media relations for one of the largest corporate law firms in the US, handling strategic communications for more than 1400 lawyers across 24 offices worldwide at Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.

After a semester as adjunct faculty at Temple University’s School of Media and Communication, Davis sought a career in higher education. She has taught undergraduate courses in media ethics and media writing at Georgia State and a graduate course in communications law at Temple, and currently teaches an undergraduate course on the legal environment in the School of Business and a graduate course on policy, ethics, and law in the School of IT at Middle Georgia State.

Originally from Miami and the daughter of Cuban-born parents, Davis is a native Spanish speaker.
Organizations: higher education law, corporate communications, strategic planning, speechwriting, public policy research, public affairs, media relations, crisis communications

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