Provost's Biography

Dr. Elizabeth Davis is Executive Vice President and Provost of Baylor University. She serves as the University's chief academic officer with responsibilities including leading the most recent strategic visioning process and managing a $235 million Academic Affairs annual budget and a faculty of more than 935 members. She oversees Baylor's eleven schools and colleges, which offer more than 250 undergraduate, graduate, and professional degrees as well as more than a dozen research centers and institutes. She is the first woman to serve as provost in Baylor's 165-year history.

Dr. Davis received her Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Baylor University and earned her Ph.D. from Duke University. In 1999, she was a KPMG/Thomas Holton Research Fellow. She is Professor of Accounting, and her scholarly work has appeared in leading journals in this discipline. Most recently she co-authored the textbook, Managerial Accounting, published by John Wiley & Sons. She is a recipient of the Lybrand Gold Medal awarded by Management Accounting.

In her twenty years at Baylor, she has received numerous teaching awards from both student and faculty organizations, including the Hankamer School of Business Teaching Excellence Award and the Mortar Board Circle of Achievement Award. She is a sought-after public speaker, especially on issues involving higher education, university leadership, and financial management, and she has delivered hundreds of addresses throughout the United States.

Throughout her time in Waco, she has been an active member of the local community and of her church, Calvary Baptist. She and her husband, Charles, have two children, Chad and Claire.

More information about Davis' appointment as Executive Vice President and Provost may be found in this press release.