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New assistant vice president for academic affairs appointed

March 12, 2001

Houston D. Davis, whose APSU duties began March 5, came to the University from the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, where he had been research associate and director of facilities planning since July 1999.

His responsibilities at THEC included intensive work with the funding formula. He developed THEC's new Facilities Inventory Tracking system and created an Educational Needs Index for planning purposes.

In May, Davis is expected to receive a Ph.D. in higher education administration and policy studies from Vanderbilt University, where he has been a graduate teaching associate since 1998. A graduate intern in the Tennessee Leaders of Tomorrow Program, he earned a master's degree from Tennessee State University in 1997 and a bachelor's degree from the University of Memphis in 1995.

Davis has authored many articles in professional publications, given several professional presentations and conducted extensive statewide research projects.

He is a member of several professional organizations, including the Association for the Study of Higher Education and the American Educational Research Association. He also is active in myriad community organizations, such as AGAPE of Nashville.

According to Dr. Linda Rudolph, interim vice president for academic affairs, Davis will be the primary liaison between APSU and community colleges. He also will conduct research on enrollment-related issues, including retention. In addition, he will serve as a targeted-constituency liaison for APSU's president and vice president for academic affairs.

Rudolph, who worked closely with Davis when she was THEC's senior officer for planning and policy, called him an "outstanding young professional." She said, "Houston Davis brings to Austin Peay his extensive higher education experience coupled with boundless enthusiasm. In addition to in-the-field work in student recruitment, he has a comprehensive base of knowledge about issues unique to Tennessee higher education."

A Clarksville native, Davis and his wife, Jenny, have two young daughters, Polly and Whitney.