Davy named new provost at Dearborn campus

Presidential outreach impresses prospects, parents

Kate Davy, currently dean of arts and sciences at Bentley University near Boston, has been named provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs at UM-Dearborn.

Pending approval by the Board of Regents, Davy's five-year appointment at UM-Dearborn will begin July 1. In addition to her administrative position, Davy will be a professor of English in the College of Arts, Sciences and Letters.

"Professor Davy is a creative scholar and an experienced leader who will bring passion, commitment and an innovative approach to this important position," says UM-Dearborn Chancellor Daniel Little.

"Throughout her career, Kate Davy has built strong, collaborative teams to accomplish significant achievements and strengthen academic programs," Little says. "Our search committee and the members of the campus community who met with Kate during her visit to campus endorsed her most strongly, and I am personally looking forward to working with her in the years ahead."

Davy says she was attracted to working at UM-Dearborn because of the energy and diversity of the community and the campus' commitment to serving the needs of the metropolitan region.

"All that I encountered during my visit to the campus made a positive impression and captured my imagination," she says. "An impressive level of academic rigor was evident in the work of faculty and students, as well as a deep commitment to excellence among faculty, students, and staff alike.

"I was also struck by a thoughtful, compelling vision for the role higher education can play in the 21st century. In conversations across the campus, I found a genuine and clearly shared commitment to the university's metropolitan vision."

Before joining Bentley in 2002, Davy served as provost of Adelphi University, dean of the Peck School of the Arts at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee, associate dean at the University of California-Irvine and dean at Alverno College. In addition, she taught graduate seminars at Yale, Northwestern, and New York universities, and was managing editor of TDR/The Drama Review.

Davy, who earned her master's degree and doctorate in drama and performance studies at New York University, is the author of three books, including "Lady Dicks and Lesbian Brothers: Staging the Unimaginable at the WOW Cafe Theatre," which will be published this year by the University of Michigan Press.

She also has published many articles, book chapters, papers, essays and reviews on a wide range of issues in theater, literature, women's studies and higher education.