USC Upstate News

USC Upstate Business Grad Accepts Peace Corps Assignment

11- 05- 2009

Spartanburg, S.C. - Bobby Davis, 24, a 2008 graduate of the University of South Carolina Upstate, has been selected by the Peace Corps for entry into its Business Development Program, with a departure date set for September 2010 for the North Africa/Middle East region.

Robert DavisThe Greenville native, whose degree is in business administration from the George Dean Johnson, Jr. College of Business and Economics, says that after he clears his medical, dental and legal requirements in the next few months, he will receive notification of his country assignment. He will receive language training once he reaches his country destination.

Currently a co-manager of Bi-Lo, Davis says that his work experience together with his degree, are a natural fit for the Peace Corps.

“I felt that I had been involved in business and its operations enough that I could truly help others with my knowledge and that I could take my education I received from USC Upstate and apply it on a bigger plateau than I do currently,” he says.

“This is a unique opportunity for Mr. Davis,” says Darrell Parker, dean of the Johnson College. “The Peace Corps recognizes that the skills he learned as a business major at USC Upstate are in short supply in developing countries. With the leadership skills and experience he will gain there, he will also make a great corporate leader on his return.”

One of Davis’ professors, Dr. Frank Rudisill, echoes the sentiments of Dean Parker. “The education and skills that Bobby developed through his business courses in management, organization behavior, international business and business policy should benefit him in his business development assignment,” says Rudisill.  

Once Davis clears his pre-requisite clearances, and upon arrival in country, he will have three months of culture, language, customs and safety training. After the three month training period, his two year assignment begins. He says that depending on how he does with some of the training, he may have access to additional tutoring if necessary.

Davis became interested in the Peace Corps while a student at USC Upstate from Spanish Professor Douglas Jackson.

“He told us of the many great people he got to meet, the sights, writing proposals, and his overall satisfaction with helping people and using his education to do it,” says Davis. He also adds that Jackson attributes much of his success to his own experiences in the Peace Corps.

“I want that same feeling of completion and satisfaction that he has!” says Davis about Jackson. In fact, Jackson was the inspiration behind Davis’ application essay “Why I want to join the Peace Corps,” an essay that was reviewed by the regional panel for Davis’ acceptance to the Peace Corps.

In addition to having that desire to serve, Davis adds, “I enjoy travelling as well and what better way to see another part of the world for free than the Peace Corps!” For more information, contact Robert Davis at rmdavis20@hotmail.com.