WACO (July 26, 2010)—Baylor University President Ken Starr named three administrators to his leadership team Monday including Dr. Elizabeth Davis, who becomes the first woman in Baylor’s 166-year-history to serve as provost.
Davis, a professor of accounting, joined the provost’s office in 2004 as vice provost for financial and academic administration and has served as interim provost since July 31, 2008, when she succeeded Dr. J. Randall O’Brien.
She’ll serve as Baylor’s chief academic officer, responsible for all of the school’s academic enterprises including 11 schools and colleges and more than two-dozen research centers and institutes.
“After careful consideration and guidance from the officers of the Board of Regents, executive council, council of deans and the executive committee of the Faculty Senate, Dr. Elizabeth Davis was the consensus choice to continue providing leadership as Baylor’s chief academic officer on a permanent basis,” Starr said.
Starr also announced Monday that Dr. Dennis Prescott will move from the position of vice president for development into a newly created role of vice p[resident and special advisory to the president for advancement, charged with identifying the school’s development needs and priorities with campaign management and planning.
And Starr said he has named Kathy Wills Wright to the newly created position of senior vice president for strategic initiatives and partnerships.
Wright, a Baylor regent who is now a fundraising consultant in the Washington, D.C., area, will also serve as interim vice president for development.
Wright, who will become a member of the executive council, has resigned her seat on Baylor’s Board of Regents, Starr said.