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Provost Davenport

Beverly Davenport, Ph.D.

As Senior Vice President for Academic Affairs and Provost of the University of Cincinnati, Beverly Davenport serves as the chief academic officer and is responsible for providing strategic direction for the university’s 43,000 students, some 4200 faculty and 13 academic colleges including two regional campuses plus the Graduate School and Universities Libraries. She also manages a senior leadership team that supports various aspects of faculty and student success including International Affairs, the Honors Program, Enrollment Management, Institutional Research, Student Affairs, undergraduate academic affairs, and faculty affairs including recruitment, reappointments, promotion and tenure, faculty development, and labor relations and contract negotiations with the AAUP. Davenport began her tenure in August of 2013 and is the first woman to serve in this role at UC.

By collaborating with the university’s senior leadership, faculty, staff and students, Davenport helps advance the ambitious goals outlined in UC's Third Century plan—investing in faculty and staff, reimagining the student experience, leveraging research and excelling in eLearning. She has launched aggressive faculty recruitment initiatives including a cluster hiring plan, strategic opportunity hiring and dual career assistance programs to increase the number of women and underrepresented minority faculty and faculty development programs to improve teaching through innovative pedagogies, new technologies and on-line learning. She also has launched a Department Head Leadership Program and UC Women Lead, a year-long leadership development program for women faculty and staff.

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 for Excellence in Teaching, and a Mortar Board and Phi Beta Kappa outstanding professor.

Beverly earned a Ph.D. in communication with a cognate in organizational behavior 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.