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Baylor provost will be Furman's next president

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Dr. Elizabeth Davis (Source: Furman Univ.) Dr. Elizabeth Davis (Source: Furman Univ.)
TRAVELERS REST, SC (FOX Carolina) -

The board of trustees has chosen the next Furman University president, who is coming to the Palmetto State from the Lone Star State.

Dr. Elizabeth Davis will become the 12th president of the university starting July 1, replacing President Rod Smolla. Smolla announced in last May he was stepping down.

Davis has served as executive vice president and provost of Baylor University in Waco, TX, since 2010 where she oversees the university's 11 schools and colleges, its research centers and acts at the chief academic officer.

"She is a highly effective, strategic and visionary leader with a keen understanding of higher education and a commitment to the value and importance of liberal arts and sciences education," said Richard Cullen, chair of the Furman board. "We are excited that she is coming to Furman, and we are confident that she is the right person to lead the university forward."

Davis served in several other administrative and academic roles at Baylor prior to becoming provost. She has a bachelor of business administration degree from Baylor and earned her Ph.D. from Duke University in 1992.

Davis and her husband, Charles, have two children, Chad and Claire. She is a member of Calvary Baptist Church in Waco.

Furman is holding a press conference to introduce and welcome Davis to the university at 11 a.m. Thursday.

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