Dr. Doug Davenport, provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at Missouri Western State University, retired June 30, 2021.
“During a time of transition and unprecedented challenge, Doug has provided outstanding leadership,” said Dr. Elizabeth Kennedy, Missouri Western’s president. “Not only is he part of the team that has found creative solutions to the challenges we faced, he has overseen many of
the strategic initiatives that will help lead Missouri Western into the future.”
Davenport came to Missouri Western in 2015 as associate provost for research, planning and institutional effectiveness. He became interim provost in July 2018, and was named to the post on a permanent basis a year later.
“I knew from the moment I interviewed here that Missouri Western was the place for me, and that has absolutely proven to be the case,” Davenport said.
As Missouri Western’s top academic official, Davenport led Missouri Western’s pivot away from face-to-face learning during the COVID-19 pandemic, and has led the planning efforts for the University to return to a more traditional on-campus environment this fall.
In his associate provost role, Davenport oversaw Missouri Western’s accreditation efforts, including the reaffirmation of accreditation by the Higher Learning Commission in 2017. He also led the team that developed Missouri Western’s strategic plan, “Pathways to Excellence.”
Davenport earned a Bachelor of Arts from Central Bible College (now Evangel University), a Master of Public Administration and doctorate in Political Science from Texas Tech University.