Davis & Elkins College

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Davis & Elkins College
Davis & Elkins.png
MottoPro Christo Perstare
To Stand for Christ
Endowment$30.421 million
PresidentChris Wood
38°55′50″N 79°50′48″W / 38.93056°N 79.84667°W / 38.93056; -79.84667Coordinates: 38°55′50″N 79°50′48″W / 38.93056°N 79.84667°W / 38.93056; -79.84667
AthleticsNCAA Division II
Great Midwest Athletic Conference21 teams

Davis & Elkins College (D&E) is a small private liberal arts college in Elkins, West Virginia.


The school was founded in 1904 and is affiliated with the Presbyterian Church.[2] It was named for Henry G. Davis and his son-in-law Stephen B. Elkins, who were both members of the United States Senate from West Virginia.[3]

The Senator, the college newspaper, was founded in December 1922.


Official athletics logo

The school's athletic teams, known as the Senators, compete in the NCAA Division II Great Midwest Athletic Conference (G-MAC).[4] Men's sports include baseball, basketball, cross country, golf, lacrosse, soccer, swimming, tennis, and indoor & outdoor track; while women's sports include triathlon, acrobatics & tumbling, basketball, cross country, lacrosse, soccer, softball, swimming, tennis, indoor & outdoor track, and volleyball.

The Senators will leave the G-MAC at the end of the 2018–19 school year to join the Mountain East Conference. This move reunites D&E with most of its historic rivals from the West Virginia Intercollegiate Athletic Conference, in which D&E was a member from the league's founding in 1924 until its demise in 2013.[5]


The college enrolls 846 students, with a 12:1 student/faculty ratio.[1]

Campus buildings[edit]



  • Liberal Arts Hall
  • Charles E. Albert Hall
  • Boiler House Theatre
  • Memorial Gymnasium/Martin Field House (dedicated October 2010)
  • Jennings Randolph Hall
  • Benedum Hall
  • Eshleman Science Center
  • Walter S. Robbins and Elisabeth Shonk Robbins Memorial Chapel
  • Hermanson Center
  • Graceland Inn & Robert C. Byrd Center for Hospitality & Tourism
  • Darby Hall
  • Roxanna Booth Hall
  • Gribble Hall
  • Presidential Center
  • International Hall/Moyer Hall (dedicated October 2010)


  • Booth Library
  • Charles B. Gates Jr. Memorial Tower
  • Madden Student Center & William S. Robbins Centennial Tower
  • The McDonnell Center for Health, Physical Education and Athletics
  • Myles Center for the Arts (dedicated October 2012)

Affiliated programs[edit]

Augusta Heritage Center, at Davis & Elkins College, provides instruction and performances, folklife programs, and a home for significant collections of field recordings, oral histories, photographs, instruments, and Appalachian art. "We teach. We share. We celebrate the wonder and diversity of the heritage arts."

Augusta Heritage Center is best known for intensive week-long workshops that attract several hundred participants annually. Thousands more attend its public concerts, dances, and festivals. Augusta's full-time staff, plus volunteers, seasonal staff, and work-study students, produce a variety of workshops. These world-renowned workshops and festivals have brought together master artists, musicians, dancers, craftspeople, and enthusiasts of all ages.[6]

The Center for Railway Tourism at Davis & Elkins College provides an 18-credit undergraduate minor in Railway Heritage Tourism Management. The curriculum includes course work, independent study opportunities, an internship, and an opportunity to study abroad, all focused on preparing students for a career in restoring and presenting all aspects of America's railroad heritage.

The Center for Railway Tourism also provides information and resources for the railway heritage community nationwide to help it assess and meet the interests and needs of a fast-changing national population made up of growing numbers of millennials, racial and ethnic minorities, immigrants, and women. Other programs address literacy, STEAM education principles, evolving heritage strategies, and techniques for increasing the general public's awareness of the many ways railroads have influenced American life and culture.

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ a b "D&E Info". Davis & Elkins College. Retrieved May 20, 2014.
  2. ^ Carlson, Scott (November 20, 2009). "Turnaround Pro Makes the Most of His College's Small Size". The Chronicle of Higher Education. LVI (13): A13.
  3. ^ "Davis & Elkins College". The Independent. Jul 6, 1914. Retrieved August 1, 2012.
  4. ^ "G-MAC News: Conference Adds Three New Members" (Press release). Great Midwest Athletic Conference. August 21, 2012. Retrieved August 22, 2012.
  5. ^ "Davis & Elkins To Join MEC; UNC Pembroke To Be Associate Member" (Press release). Mountain East Conference. August 30, 2018. Retrieved September 16, 2018.
  6. ^ Parallelus. "Augusta Heritage Center of Davis & Elkins College - Offering Intensive, week-long classes in traditional music, dance, craft, and folklore". www.augustaheritagecenter.org. Retrieved 13 April 2018.
  7. ^ "UCF Names Terry Rooney Baseball Head Coach". UCF Athletic Communications. June 12, 2008. Archived from the original on July 5, 2014. Retrieved July 5, 2014.
  8. ^ "Profile". MILB.com. Retrieved 2009-09-09.

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