Beverly J. Davenport is the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville.
She joined the Volunteer family in early 2017 after serving as interim president, and before that as senior vice president and provost, at the University of Cincinnati.
Prior to UC, Davenport was vice provost for faculty affairs at Purdue University and served as divisional dean of social sciences at the University of Kansas, where she was promoted to full professor. Her career in academia began at the University of Kentucky, where she rose to the rank of associate professor and chaired the Department of Communication.
An accomplished scholar, Davenport has been recognized for excellence in teaching and advancements in technology-infused learning environments. She has published three books on quality of work life issues and workplace civility, and has authored more than 100 papers. She has been the principal investigator or co-principal investigator on more than $19 million in research from the National Science Foundation, the US Department of Education, and other sources.
She earned a PhD in communication with a minor in organizational behavior from the University of Michigan and bachelor’s and master’s degrees in communication and journalism from Western Kentucky University. She attended the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University.
Davenport serves on the advisory board for Connect Knox and is a member of the UT-Battelle Board of Governors and University Health System Inc. Board of Directors. She is also on the national advisory council for the Collaborative on Academic Careers in Higher Education at Harvard University and serves on the National Competitive Council.
A native of Bowling Green, Kentucky, Davenport has two grown children: a son, Ford, and a daughter, Sloan.