Tuesday, March 31, 1998
Robert Davis, of Grand Ledge, has been named director of Michigan Rehabilitation Services (MRS), Doug Rothwell, chief executive officer and department director of the Michigan Jobs Commission, announced today.Davis, 53, succeeds Joseph Skiba, who is retiring this month after nearly 30 years with the state's vocational rehabilitation agency, the past three as state director. "Bob Davis is assuming this top post at a time when individuals with disabilities are gaining more opportunities than ever before to enter the job market," Rothwell said. "With his exceptional leadership abilities and rich background in rehabilitation, I know Bob will continue to enhance the excellent job preparation and placement programs we provide."A vocational rehabilitation professional with MRS since 1971, Davis began his career in Detroit as a counselor, then was successively promoted to staff development supervisor, a district office manager, and, in 1989, assistant administrator for all Wayne County MRS offices. In 1993, he moved to Lansing to serve as a regional director. In November 1997, he was named acting deputy director of MRS.A psychology graduate of Michigan State University, with honors, Davis holds a master's degree in industrial psychology from the University of Detroit and an MBA in management and finance from Wayne State University.Davis and his wife, Mona, have two adult children, Robert, Jr., of Chicago, and Elizabeth of Grand Rapids.