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Provost Bio

As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Cincinnati, Beverly 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. Davenport began her tenure in August of 2013 and is the first woman to serve in this role at the university.

By collaborating with the university’s senior leadership, faculty, and students, Davenport leads the ambitious academic goals outlined in UC's Third Century initiative—investing in faculty and staff, reimagining the student experience and excelling in eLearning. She has launched numerous professional development and faculty hiring initiatives geared to support women and underrepresented minorities throughout the university and is a highly sought-after speaker on communication and leadership development topics.

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.

Davenport has published three books on quality of work life issues and workplace civility and authored more than 100 scholarly papers and articles. 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 University.