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Provost Bio

Provost Bio

Beverly Davenport began her tenure as the University of Cincinnati’s Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost in August of 2013.

As Provost of the University of Cincinnati, Davenport serves as the chief academic officer of the university and is responsible for overseeing the university’s 43,000 students, 2,500 faculty and 13 academic colleges of the university. Collaborating with university’s senior leadership, faculty, and students, Davenport leads academic initiatives designed to promote academic excellence among UC’s faculty and students. Goals set under her leadership include reimagining the student experience, making UC a leader in eLearning, and strategically recruiting and hiring faculty, including faculty from underrepresented groups.

Prior to joining UC, Davenport served as Vice Provost for Faculty Affairs at Purdue University. At Purdue, she managed a broad portfolio of faculty-focused initiatives, ranging from recruitment and retention to resource allocation and faculty development. Before her tenure at Purdue, Davenport was a senior fellow at Virginia Tech University, divisional dean for the social sciences at the University of Kansas and chair of the Department of Communication at the University of Kentucky. 

In addition to authoring more than one hundred papers and articles, Davenport has published three books on quality of work life issues and workplace civility. She is also an award-winning teacher who was named a University of Kentucky Great Teacher, a University of Kansas Kemper Fellow, and Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa outstanding professor.

Davenport earned her Ph.D. from the University of Michigan and bachelor's degrees in communication and journalism from Western Kentucky University.  She is the mother of two: Sloan, a daughter who recently graduated from Vanderbilt in biomedical engineering and Ford, a former Army Ranger who is attending Columbia.