Larry Davis

 Larry Davis

Like many other founding faculty and staff, Larry Davis remembers the days when St. Johns Bluff Road was unpaved and you had to use a jeep to get onto campus over a construction road frequently crossed by deer, turkeys and wild pigs.


But when Davis traveled onto the undeveloped campus, he had no idea that 25 years later the University would have grown so quickly that he would be responsible for supervising the processing of more than 1.5 million pieces of mail each year and maintaining more than 1,400 phones.


Davis, director of Communication Services, says the challenges at the University have kept the job exciting for the quarter century. One of his biggest challenges comes later this year when Davis must supervise the changeover to a new telephone prefix for the campus which will coincide with a new area code.


Of course, mail and telephones are only part of Davis' job. He is responsible for maintaining the 26 campus emergency phones, campus cable TV services, voice mail services, cellular phone coordination and assessing requirements for new projects. All of this is done by Davis and 10 full time employees.


Davis moved to Jacksonville in March 1972 to begin working at UNF after graduating from the University of West Florida where he majored in industrial technology. While attending UWF, Davis worked full time as a cartographer and land appraiser with the Escambia County Assessor's office.


At UNF, Davis has held a number of positions. He began as an engineer and held the positions of assistant director of physical facilities and interim director of physical facilities. He has been director of communication services since 1986.