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Davenport named to national higher ed association board
President Richard Davenport has been elected to the national board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
Minnesota State University, Mankato Media Relations Office News Release [12-2-11]
Minnesota State University, Mankato President Richard Davenport has been elected to the national board of directors of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities.
He is one of 12 college and university presidents and chancellors from across the nation on the association's board, and the only board member from Minnesota.
The Washington-based American Association of State Colleges and Universities is the leadership organization for 420 public colleges and universities in the United States, focusing on access, affordability and educational opportunity.
The 50-year-old association supports member institutions with advocacy, leadership and service to advance the mission of public higher education. It helps member institutions improve learning- and teaching-centered culture, commitment to underserved student populations and dedication to research and creativity.
Davenport also is a member of the association’s Committee on Economic & Work Force Development. In addition, he serves on the boards of the Center for Rural Policy and Development and the Greater Mankato Economic Development Corporation, and recently was appointed by the governor to the State of Minnesota Commission on Judicial Selection.
He was appointed president of Minnesota State Mankato in 2002. Before that he served as provost and vice president for academic affairs at Central Michigan University.
Davenport started his university career at Iowa State University in 1970. He also has served in administrative positions at Western State College of Colorado and for the Winona Tri-College/University Cooperative Program (Winona State University, St. Mary’s University and the College of St. Teresa).
He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree at the University of Nebraska, Kearney, a master’s degree at Colorado State University, and a doctorate in higher education administration at Iowa State University.
Minnesota State Mankato, a comprehensive university with 15,649 students, is part of the Minnesota State Colleges & Universities system, which comprises 32 state institutions.