Brian Davis, a higher education consultant for Buckner, comes to the firm from the University of Texas-Austin, where he served as Associate Athletics Director for Football Student Services. Davis oversaw a program and staff that provided academic and personal development programming to UT football student-athletes beginning with their recruitment and continuing through graduation and their respective career and opportunities.
With over 30 years of experience, Davis has worked with student-athletes in almost every collegiate sport, but has worked closely with football programs during his entire career. A track student athlete during his undergraduate days at Iowa State University, Davis graduated with a B.A. in Political Science in 1981 and continued on at ISU, receiving an M.S. in Higher Education Administration in 1983. He began his work as an athletic academic advisor as a graduate assistant in May of 1982, providing counseling and advising to Cyclone football and basketball student-athletes. In 1984, Davis also served as assistant track and field coach to Hall of Fame Head Coach Bill Bergan. In August of 1984 Davis began a 14 year stint at The University of North Carolina as Academic Coordinator, serving under a variety of titles until moving to Texas in 1998.
A member of the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics (N4A), Davis has served as an outside consultant for N4A certification to several NCAA Division I universities, and recently participated as a panelist for NFL/NCAA Coaches Academy. Additionally, Davis can be seen in the premiere of NFL Network’s new documentary series “Finding Giants.” As a member of the Big 12 Conference Academic Directors group, he served as co-chair on two separate occasions. On UT’s campus, Davis served as a member of the Provost Council and is co-founder of Longhorn Leaders, a nationally recognized program of leadership development and community service within the Austin Independent School District and surrounding communities. He served on a variety of ad-hoc committees, as well as a guest lecturer/speaker to a number of UT courses related to sports, advising, and counseling. Off campus Davis continues to serve as the civilian advisory board member for CLEAT (Combined Law Enforcement Agencies of Texas) and is an Assistant Scout Master for Austin Troop 395.
Davis is married to Brenda Perry Davis, a Speech Therapist, and they are the very proud parents of 4 sons, Spencer, Cameron, Kenan, and Graham.