Dr. Marcine Pickron-Davis joined the Philadelphia College of Osteopathic Medicine in May 2017 and serves as the Chief Diversity and Community Relations Officer. She is charged with providing the vision, leadership and management of diversity, inclusion and community partnerships across the Philadelphia, Georgia and South Georgia campuses.
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 College 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 Association of Black Women in Higher Education, the Forum of Executive Women, National Association of Health Services Executives and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. During her tenure at Widener, she served on the Boards for the Widener Partnership Charter School, Chester Youth Collaborative, Coalition of Urban and Metropolitan Universities Editorial Board, Chester Charter School of the Arts, the Philadelphia Higher Education Network for Neighborhood Development, Chester Community Improvement Project, Delaware County Habitat for Humanity, and the Asbury Wesley Foundation at Drexel University. Dr. Pickron-Davis is a strong advocate for civic engagement and currently serves on the Boards of Darlington Arts Center, Blacks Educating Blacks About Sexual Health Issues (BEBASHI), Together for West Philadelphia and the Pennsylvania Diversity Council. She was recently appointed co-chair of the Diversity Council for the American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine.
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 master’s 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.