Waco: Top Baylor Official Named President Of Furman University

WACO (February 6, 2014) Furman University in Greenville, S.C., announced Thursday that trustees have chosen Baylor University Executive Vice President and Provost Elizabeth Davis as Furman’s 12th president.

Davis received her bachelor's degree from Baylor in 1984 and earned her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1992.

She takes over at Furman on July 1.

Interim president Carl Kohrt has been in office since last May, when Rod Alan Smolla stepped down after less than three years.

Baylor President Ken Starr advised faculty of the announcement in an email Wednesday evening, but asked that the information be kept confidential.

“This represents a magnificent and well-earned professional opportunity for Elizabeth,” Starr said in the email.

“While we are deeply saddened by news of her departure, we heartily applaud Elizabeth for her remarkable years of service to Baylor and her skillful leadership of the University as Executive Vice President and Provost.”


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