Upon retiring from the school system in the 1990s, Davis served as the executive director of workforce development for the state of West Virginia before forming his own company, Davis Property Preservation.
Davis welcomed working again with Kanawha County Schools Superintendent Ron Duerring, saying he "has great respect" for him.
"Under your leadership, I believe the school system is in very capable hands," Davis told Duerring on Tuesday.
Davis was reluctant to weigh in on specific education issues, saying it was too soon.
"School policies have a great impact on student, staff, parents and families here in Kanawha County and I understand the need to weigh carefully any new policy or change of existing policy because we live in a changing world and it often will affect the lives of many," he said.
"I'm not going to say that I'm passionate to the point of 'pushing' vocational education. I spent 30 years in the discipline, so I just want to say that I bring that experience to the board to help them with decisions."
The school board did not conduct interviews to fill Raglin's seat but instead, citing an approaching legal deadline to fill the position, chose from a list of about a dozen applicants.
South Charleston attorney Ryan White and Ken Tyree, a captain with the Charleston Fire Department, both applied for the position and were present at Tuesday's meeting when Davis was sworn in.
Other applicants for Davis' seat included former state Senate Republican leader Vic Sprouse and former school board member Betty Jarvis.
The school board will meet in regular session with Davis as a board member for the first time on Thursday at 6 p.m.
Reach Mackenzie Mays at mackenzie.m...@wvgazette.com or 304-348-4814.