- School of Optometry Foley House Distinguished Alumni Award (2019)
Larry J. Davis is the dean of the University of Missouri-St. Louis College of Optometry. Under his leadership, the faculty revised faculty governance, the college strategic plan, curriculum, and measures for program outcomes. Dr. Davis also helped advance several investments, totaling more than $20 million, to improve the college facilities including renovations to the Lindell Eye Center in Midtown St. Louis, updates to classroom and laboratories in Marillac Hall, and a three-phase plan for new construction to co-locate the Colleges of Nursing and Optometry. In addition, between 2000 and 2014, Dr. Davis helped establish 16 new endowment funds, increasing the college-wide endowment fund balances by 300%.
Dr. Davis earned his B.S. in Optometry in 1985 and his O.D. in 1987 from Indiana University's School of Optometry.