College of the Ozarks President named to 1776 Commission

Jerry Davis has been president of College of the Ozarks since 1988. A previous version of this story misstated the length of his tenure.

The president of the College of the Ozarks was appointed Friday to serve on President Donald Trump’s Advisory 1776 Commission, a group that will push patriotic education across the U.S.

Jerry Davis, who has served as president of the private, Christian campus just south of Branson since 1988, was one of 18 names released Friday. Appointees will serve two-year terms.

Davis is the only Missouri resident named to the commission, which will be chaired by Arkansas native Larry Arnn, the president of Michigan’s private Hillsdale College. 

Trump issued an executive order Nov. 2, 2020 to create the commission. He called for “pro-American curriculum” in the nation’s schools.

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