Alison Davis-Blake knows what it's like to be first
That is some resume. Glad to know she had the support of so many professors,
especially at BYU along the way. The influence of her father in her growing up
years helped. Her mother too, must have had a positive one as well, besides her
mother earning her PH.D too. Way to go.There was no mention of a
spouse, but with or without one, mother of two sons, she has done well. The
older son who is at Stanford may be walking in the footsteps of his grandfather
and mother! Ms D-Blake is to be commended. A woman having a
professional career is great and besides she was able to be a mom at the same
time. A great accomplishment in itself. Congratulations in her new job as the
first female dean at the prestigious University of Michigan Ross School of
What a terrific and inspiring article! How wonderful that Allison Davis-Blake
has been able to raise good children and also contribute her talent to the world
around her! And what a nice touch for the Deseret News to mention how her male
professors at BYU encouraged her to go further in her education. For too long
we have been taught that "good" LDS women accepted that the world was
either/or: either they became good mothers and stayed at home, or they did not
(with all the judgment that resulted). I am so heartened that Davis-Blake
rejected that either/or mentality.And, pace Alan Wilkins, it is
indeed important to have a woman's perspective inform our academies. Women do
see things differently, they have different life experiences than men, and they
ask different questions. The University of Michigan's business school is
greatly strengthened by adding an influential female voice and female
leadership.May this be the first of many articles about pioneering
LDS women who are becoming the leaders of tomorrow! May the old either/or
mentality that so hobbled our mothers fade away!
A terrific story, but is Alison Davis-Blake a "have gun will travel"?
She is constantly moving around.
Even if Allison Davis-Blake is a "have gun will travel" she must be
very good at what she does to be in demand by such prestigious schools. I
congratulations her on her accomplishments in a field that is usually considered
a "mans world." Women Rock!DN thank you for an outstanding
The fact of the matter is that moving is the way of life for many academics.
This is especially true for those who rise to the top. In general universities
and graduate schools seek their leaders from the outside. There are exception,
but they generally prove the rule.