• Yet another Baylor alum joins ranks of university presidents


    Today, Dr. Elizabeth Davis, BBA ’84, becomes President Davis.

    Furman University today welcomes Davis, formerly Baylor’s executive vice president and provost, as the 12th president in the school’s history. (Dr. David Garland, dean of Truett Seminary, has been named to replace Davis on an interim basis while Baylor conducts a national search for the next provost.)

    Davis, who was named Furman’s president in February, brings an incredible Baylor resume to her new job. After earning her business degree from Baylor in 1984, Davis returned to her alma mater as a professor of accounting in 1992. She later served as an associate dean in the Hankamer School of Business and vice provost for financial and academic administration. Davis was named interim provost in 2008 and was named to the position in earnest in 2010, becoming the first woman to serve as Baylor’s top academic officer.

    In taking the reins at Furman, a small Christian university in South Carolina, Davis joins a long list of Baylor graduates who serve as the top executive at colleges and universities nationwide and even around the world:

    And this list doesn’t include two other prominent members of the Baylor family without degrees from BU. Longtime religion professor and former provost Dr. Randall O’Brien is president of Carson-Newman College in Jefferson City, Tenn., while longtime law school professor and former BU interim president Bill Underwood is president of Mercer University in Macon, Georgia. (If we’re missing anyone else who should be listed, please let us know!)

    Sic ’em, President Davis and Baylor presidents everywhere!

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