Resident Experts

Baron R. Davis, Ph.D.

Founder & CEO
The Noegenesis Group


Educational Executive Coaching Systems and Organizational Efficiency and Effectiveness Studies
Crisis Management and Support Diverse Workforce Retention and Recruitment Strategist
Educational Policy Development and Review Keynote – Workshop – Professional Development Services


A visionary educational leader with a career spanning over two decades, Dr. Baron R. Davis is a passionate and solutions-orientated leader called by the “Just Cause” of identifying and eliminating the barriers and practices that create systems of inequity.

Dr. Baron R. Davis is the founder and chief executive officer of The Noegenesis Group, a solution-focused and outcomes-driven educational think tank and consulting firm and is the former superintendent of Richland School District Two in Columbia, S.C. where he served as the first Black superintendent in the district’s 100-year history.

He currently serves as the senior advisor at Digital Promise, where he supports the organization’s mission to shape the future of learning and advances equitable education systems by bringing together solutions across research, practice, and technology. In addition to his role at Digital Promise, Dr. Davis serves as the superintendent in residence for the improvement of leadership preparation and development at the University of South Carolina for the college’s Department of Educational Leadership and Policies. As superintendent in residence, Dr. Davis teaches in the educational leadership and policies master’s, education specialist, and doctoral degree programs. He serves as the co-leader for the department’s principal and superintendent advisory programs, leads face-to-face leadership network sessions, and serves as the overall liaison to leadership networks throughout the state of South Carolina and the United States.

During his educational career, Dr. Davis has served as a successful school leader in rural, urban, and suburban school systems. Widely recognized for his courageous and innovative leadership, since 2018 Dr. Davis has been named the 100 Black Men of Greater Columbia Educational Leader of the Year and earned the Francis Marion University Professional Industry Award for Education and Arts as well as the Columbia Chamber of Commerce Cathy Novinger Trailblazer Award. AASA – The Superintendents Association awarded him the Dr. Effie H. Jones Humanitarian Award; Education Week named him a Leader to Learn From for Leadership in Equity; and K-12 Dive placed him on their Superintendent to Watch list for recruitment/retention of male minority teachers. K-12 Dive also named Richland Two the 2021 School District of the Year. He has received the Bob Grossman Leadership in School Communications Award from the National School Public Relations Association for implementing communications strategies to better serve parents, students, community partners, and employees. K12 Insight in partnership with Education Research & Development Institute (ERDI) named Dr. Davis as the inaugural Gerald E. Dawkins Leadership Builder Award recipient. The South Carolina Athletic Administrators Association named him the 2022 Superintendent of the Year for Region 4A, Class 5A. The College Board selected him for their Superintendent’s Advisory Council in 2022. Dr. Davis is a 2023 graduate of the AASA National Superintendent Certification Program®.

Dr. Davis earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from Francis Marion University. From the University of South Carolina, he earned master’s degrees in school counseling and educational administration, and Educational Specialist and Doctor of Philosophy degrees in educational counseling. He holds superintendent, school counseling, secondary principal, and secondary supervision certifications.

Dr. Davis, a Columbia native, is a proud graduate of the historical C.A. Johnson High School (class of 1990). He and his wife Pamela Davis are the proud parents of three amazingly accomplished and beautiful daughters and are active members of the Brookland Baptist Church.