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Rockford University Welcomes New Provost to Lead Academic Excellence

08/02/2023 1:01 pm

ROCKFORD, Ill., [August 02, 2023] – Rockford University is proud to announce the appointment of Dr. Elizabeth W. Davies as the new Provost and Vice President of Academic Affairs, effective September 5, 2023. Dr. Davies joins the Rockford University community having previously served as the Dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Chicago State University. She brings with her a wealth of experience and a distinguished record of academic leadership. 

Dr. Davies will serve as the chief academic officer of Rockford University, a one-hundred-seventy-six year old, career-focused institution built on a solid foundation in the liberal arts. She will provide visionary leadership and strategic direction, and will continue to help RU expand access to education, and address the systemic barriers that hinder student progress. Her responsibilities will encompass overseeing curriculum development, faculty recruitment and professional development, accreditation processes, and fostering a culture of innovative teaching and learning. Her dedication to student-centered education and her passion for cultivating an inclusive learning environment align seamlessly with the values of Rockford University. 

“We are delighted to welcome Dr. Elizabeth Davies to our Rockford University community,” said President Patricia Lynott. “Her impressive background and demonstrated commitment to student success make her a perfect fit for the role of Provost. We look forward to the positive impact she will undoubtedly make on our institution as we continue to provide a transformative education for our students.” 

Dr. Davies joins Rockford University with a stellar academic background holding an M.A. and a Ph.D. in Psychology, Human Development and Mental Health Research from the University of Chicago. Dr. Davies received her B.A. with High Honors in Sociology and Anthropology from Swarthmore College. Dr. Davies’ background encompasses leadership, program innovation, strategic planning, accreditation, and more. 

“I am honored to be joining Rockford University, an institution dedicated to empowering students to achieve their full potential,” said Dr. Davies.I am committed to the transformation and lasting impact that a college education can provide and am eager to champion that cause by serving as Provost. I welcome the opportunity to serve the institution as it responds dynamically and nimbly to the challenges facing higher education.” 

Dr. Davies’ leadership is poised to be a catalyst for continued growth and progress at Rockford University. Her expertise will further reinforce the institution’s commitment to preparing graduates who are well-equipped to address real-world challenges and contribute meaningfully to their communities. 

About Rockford University:

Rockford University is a private four-year, co-educational institution founded in 1847 offering undergraduate and graduate degrees in traditional liberal arts and professional fields. The University offers more than 80 majors, minors, and concentrations, including our newest major in Supply Chain Management. Graduate degree programs are offered through evening and online coursework, plus three Bachelor’s Degree Completion programs are offered fully online.


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