After 20 years of working for Truman State University, Dr. Douglas Davenport has accepted the position of associate provost of research and planning at Missouri Western.
Since Monday, Jan. 5, Davenport has taken on the responsibilities of Cindy Heider, who is now retired, and he brings years of administrative experience to the position.
According to a press release posted on Western’s website, Davenport has been chair of the Department of Justice Systems at Truman State, has served as dean of the School of Social and Cultural Studies and interim dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and the Division of Social Science, has chaired Truman’s Higher Learning Commission Leadership Team and has led several other accreditation and assessment efforts.
“I’ve spent a lot of my career working in areas relating to accreditation, assessment and strategic planning,” Davenport said. “This position was a very good fit for me and my interests.”
As associate provost of research and planning, Davenport will be assisting the the university by working with the Academic Affairs office in areas such as accreditation, strategic planning, research and grant management.
Davenport explained that the applied learning mission of the university, as well as the fact that Western is entering its centennial year, were important reasons for him to take the position.
“These are significant times for higher [education],” Davenport said. “These kinds of moments are opportunities to reflect and find where your strengths are, and where we can improve.”
According to Provost Jeanne Daffron, Davenport was the top pick in a national search for someone who could fill the position.
“I’m looking forward to doing great things with his assistance, and am confident that he is just what we need right now,” Daffron said.
Davenport earned a Master of Public Administration and Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science from Texas Tech University. However, he earned his Bachelor of Arts from Central Bible College in Springfield, Missouri, and says that it is good to be back.
“I’m from the Western half of the state, so this is a chance to get closer to home, which is a wonderful thing to do,” Davenport said.