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Chancellor Beverly J. Davenport Collection

Identifier: AR-0792

  • Staff Only

This collection consists of correspondence, invitations, programs, college visits, material related to events, her vision board, investiture ceremony material, and acknowledgment letters and a scrapbook with additional messages related to the eighth Chancellor Beverly J. Davenport.


  • 2017-2018

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The Chancellor Beverly J. Davenport Collection includes official invitations and acknowledgment letters from her investiture, correspondence, events that she attended/was invited to, her vision board, holiday cards, and a scrapbook of well wishes from various individuals and institutions sent to Chancellor Davenport in acknowledgment of her investiture as the 18th Chancellor at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. Chancellor Davenport's investiture ceremony took place on October 13, 2017.

Biographical/Historical Note

Beverly J. Davenport, Ph.D. began in 2017 as the eighth chancellor of the University of Tennessee, Knoxville. She earned her Ph.D. in communications and a minor in organizational behavior from the University of Michigan. Chancellor Davenport grew up in Bowling Green, Kentucky and attended Western Kentucky University for bachelor's and a master's degree in communication and journalism. She also participated at the Institute for Management and Leadership in Higher Education at Harvard University. She held her postion as chancellor from February 15th, 2017 to July 1st, 2018.

In her beginning of an academic career, Davenport was chair of the Department of Communications at the University of Kentucky. Additionally, she worked as vice president and provost, then interim president, at the University of Cincinnati; as provost for faculty affairs at Purdue University; and as divisional dean of social sciences at the University of Kansas, where she was named a Kemper Fellow for Excellence in Teaching.

Repository Details

Part of the Betsey B. Creekmore Special Collections and University Archives, University of Tennessee, Knoxville Repository

University of Tennessee, Knoxville
Knoxville TN 37996 USA