MARCINE PICKRON-DAVIS, PHD
Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer
Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis joined Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine (PCOM)
in 2017 and serves as the Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer. She is
charged with providing the vision, leadership and execution of diversity, inclusion
and community partnerships across the Philadelphia, Georgia and South Georgia locations.
At PCOM, Dr. Pickron-Davis has focused her work on advancing the institution’s goals
for embracing diversity and inclusion into the culture of the College. This work includes
leading the College’s stakeholders in the creation of the 2025 institutional Diversity,
Equity and Inclusion strategic plan, spearheading initiatives that introduce faculty,
staff and students to LGBT-inclusive healthcare, cultivating a network of strategic
partners and collaborators around health equity and community outreach, and providing
leadership to the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine constituent
groups in their efforts to promote/broaden/improve osteopathic medical education and
the profession. She teaches courses on Leadership and Diversity in the Organizational
Development Leadership Program at PCOM.
Prior to her arrival at PCOM, Dr. Pickron-Davis served as the inaugural Chief Community
Engagement and Diversity Officer at Widener University from 2003-2016. In this position,
she served as a strategic leader to advance the university’s commitment to access,
equity, diversity and inclusion. During her tenure, she raised Widener’s civic engagement
profile among the national higher education community, implemented civic engagement
initiatives resulting in sustainable partnerships between the university and the Chester
community; and led the development of innovative programs and initiatives to promote
a culture of inclusion. Dr. Pickron-Davis’ accomplishments resulted in institutional
and cultural change in policies and practices at Widener University. Among her experiences
in higher education, Dr. Pickron-Davis has served on Middle States Accreditation Evaluation
teams for several institutions and as a peer reviewer for the Journal of Higher Education
Outreach and Engagement. She also has held faculty appointments in Social Work and
Education at Widener, University of Pennsylvania, and Cabrini University and has taught
courses on multicultural education, intercultural communication and community development.
Dr. Pickron-Davis is a member of the National Association of Diversity Officers in
Higher Education, the Forum of Executive Women, the Association of Black Women in
Higher Education, the National Association of Health Services Executives, and Alpha
Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.
Dr. Pickron-Davis is a strong advocate for civic engagement and currently serves on
the Boards of Darlington Arts Center, Together for West Philadelphia, the Philadelphia
Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development (PHENND) and Methodist-Inglis
Gardens Collaborative. She is Chair of the Pennsylvania Diversity Council and Vice-Chair
of Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues (BEBASHI), She recently served
as co-chair of the inaugural Council on Diversity and Equity for the American Association
of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
In May 2021, Dr. Pickron-Davis was honored by the Philadelphia Tribune as a “Woman
of Achievement” award. She was also honored in June 2021 as an LGBTQ+ Ally by the
National Diversity Council. In 2005, Dr. Pickron-Davis was honored with the Helen
C. Bailey Outstanding Alumnus Award from the University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate
School of Education. She has been the recipient of several awards by Chester community
partners including, the Chester YWCA 2008 “Agent of Change”, the Community Service
award by the Family and Community Service of Delaware County, the 2009 “Community
Impact” award by the United Way of Southeast Delaware County, the 2013 “Woman of the
Year” awarded by CHOICES, Inc., the 2014 Friends of Delaware County Women’s Commission
Spirit of Excellence Award and the 2015 Dorothy James Community Service Award.
Dr. Pickron-Davis served as a Research Associate for Research for Action, a Philadelphia-based
non-profit organization working in educational research and reform in public education.
She completed her bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and her
masters of social work degree from Temple University’s School of Social Administration.
She earned her doctor of philosophy degree in educational leadership at the University
of Pennsylvania. Dr. Pickron-Davis completed the Institute for Educational Management
(IEM) at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Engagement Academy for University
Leaders, and Leadership Philadelphia, Inc.
- Pennsylvania State University - Bachelor's degree
- Temple University’s School of Social Administration - Masters of Social Work
- University of Pennsylvania - Doctor of Philosophy in Educational Leadership
- Helen C. Bailey Outstanding Alumnus Award - University of Pennsylvania’s Graduate
School of Education (2005)
- Agent of Change - Chester YWCA (2008)
- Community Service Award - Family and Community Service of Delaware County (2008)
- Community Impact Award - United Way of Southeast Delaware County (2009)
- Woman of the Year - CHOICES, Inc. (2013)
- Spirit of Excellence Award - Friends of Delaware County Women’s Commission (2014)
- Dorothy James Community Service Award (2015)
- National Association of Diversity Officers in Higher Education
- Association of Black Women in Higher Education
- Forum of Executive Women
- National Association of Health Services Executives
- Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.