Commencement 2012
Featured Speaker: James C. Davis
President, Chevron Energy Solutions
UC Davis Foundation Board Trustee
Board of Advisors of UC Davis Energy Efficiency Center

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The School celebrates with an annual Commencement ceremony each year and all graduating students are encouraged to participate.

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Saturday, June 16 at 10:00 a.m.
Jackson Hall, Mondavi Center

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Speaker Bio: James C. Davis, President, Chevron Energy Solutions

Jim Davis is the president of Chevron Energy Solutions (CES), the first comprehensive energy efficiency services firm in the oil and gas industry.  Since 2000, Davis has built CES into one of the world’s leading energy efficiency and renewable energy services companies and the largest developer of solar power solutions for education facilities in North America.  Under Davis’ leadership CES has grown by 20 percent annually.

Named a Top 50 firm by “Fast Company” magazine in 2009, CES partners with institutions and businesses to increase efficiency, reduce energy expenses and ensure high-quality power for critical operations.  Its customers include US federal, state, county and municipal government agencies; educational and other public institutions; and commercial and industrial businesses.  CES is based in San Francisco with offices across the US.

Before joining CES, Davis served as senior vice president of Integrated Solutions for PG&E Energy Services, then one of the foremost energy services companies in the US serving major commercial, industrial and institutional accounts.  The success of this business led to its purchase by Chevron in 2000, creating Chevron Energy Solutions.  Earlier in his career, Davis served as senior vice president of Marketing and Sales at Duke/Louis Dreyfus, where he led the company’s expansion into value-added services.  He also managed global, national and regional account teams for two natural gas marketing firms, providing integrated solutions to industrial accounts.

In 2004, Davis was honored as the Northern California winner of the Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year (EOY) Award for Social Responsibility and has since then served as a national judge for the EOY competition.  Davis spearheaded Chevron’s $500,000 sponsorship of the University of California at Davis Energy Efficiency Center (EEC) in 2007, leading to Chevron’s $2.5 million endowment of the EEC chair in 2009.  In addition to his role on the EEC’s Advisory Board, he is a board member of the Nevada Institute for Renewable Energy Commercialization and of Telekenex, a Silicon Valley-based Internet Protocol service provider.

Through experience, skill and discipline, Davis has built a successful business that is recognized as Chevron’s innovative developer of clean energy projects benefiting educational institutions and municipal customers across the US.  In the process, Davis has developed an excellent network of colleagues in a wide range of industries including venture capital firms, technology companies and Fortune 100 corporations.

Davis holds a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration with a major in marketing from The Ohio State University.

About UC Davis

For more than 100 years, UC Davis has engaged in teaching, research and public service that matter to California and transform the world. Located close to the state capital, UC Davis has more than 32,000 students, more than 2,500 faculty and more than 21,000 staff, an annual research budget that exceeds $684 million, a comprehensive health system and 13 specialized research centers. The university offers interdisciplinary graduate study and more than 100 undergraduate majors in four colleges — Agricultural and Environmental Sciences, Biological Sciences, Engineering, and Letters and Science. It also houses six professional schools — Education, Law, Management, Medicine, Veterinary Medicine and the Betty Irene Moore School of Nursing.

Graduate School of Management

Celebrating 30 years of providing management education, the UC Davis Graduate School of Management has 110 full-time MBA students on the UC Davis campus and more than 450 part-time M.B.A. students in Sacramento and the San Francisco Bay Area. The school also offers accounting courses for undergraduates and teaches more than 230 students in a specialized Undergraduate Technology Management Minor program. A new Master of Professional Accountancy degree program starts this fall.

The school is dedicated to preparing the next generation of results-driven, innovative and responsible business leaders who are committed to making a positive impact. The school’s interactive and collaborative learning environment is distinguished by globally visible faculty members renowned for their research and teaching, entrepreneurial students, a world-class M.B.A. curriculum, strong connections to the business community and prime locations in Northern California’s economic hubs.

The UC Davis MBA is consistently ranked among the premier programs in the United States and internationally. U.S.News & World Report’s most recent ranking places UC Davis among the top 8 percent of MBA programs nationwide, marking the 17th consecutive year among the nation’s best, and the school’s part-time MBA program ranks among the top 6 percent in the nation.

The Economist ranks the school’s faculty quality No. 6 in the world; and The Financial Times ranks UC Davis among the top 10 percent of accredited business schools worldwide. The Aspen Institute’s Center for Business Education also ranks the school among the top 10 percent in the world for integrating issues of social and environmental stewardship into curricula and research.

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