Elizabeth Davis, Ph.D., will become Furman University’s 12th President on July 1, 2014. She was elected to the position on Feb. 1 by a unanimous vote of the Furman Board of Trustees.
Dr. Davis currently serves as Executive Vice President and Provost of Baylor University in Texas, where she oversees the university’s 11 schools and colleges as well as more than a dozen research centers and institutes. Her responsibilities at Baylor include leading the university’s most recent strategic visioning process, managing a $235 million Academic Affairs annual budget, and overseeing a faculty of more than 935 members. She is also a Professor of Accounting, and has been a member of the Baylor faculty since 1992.
Her other administrative roles at Baylor include serving as Vice Provost for Financial and Academic Administration (2004-2008), Associate Dean for Undergraduate Business Programs (2003-04), and Acting Chair of the Department of Accounting and Business Law (2000-2001). She also served two years as Interim Provost (2008-2010) and, in 2012, assumed interim leadership of Baylor’s Development office while the university was searching for a new vice president.
During her time at Baylor, her teaching honors include receiving the Hankamer School of Business Teaching Excellence Award and the Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award. Davis’ scholarly work has appeared in leading journals, and she most recently co-authored the textbook, Managerial Accounting. She is a recipient of the Lybrand Gold Medal awarded by Management Accounting. Before joining Baylor, she spent three years at Arthur Anderson & Co. in New Orleans.
Davis received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor in 1984 and earned her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1992. She has delivered hundreds of addresses throughout the U.S. on issues involving higher education, university leadership, and financial management.
Davis is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco. She and her husband, Charles, have two children, Chad and Claire.