Furman University introduced Thursday its new president: the first woman to ever lead the private Greenville college.
Dr. Elizabeth Davis has been executive vice president and provost at Baylor University in Texas since 2010. She will take over at Furman on July 1.
“I look forward to working with all who feel as I do — that Furman is worthy of our affection, our time, and our greatest efforts,” Davis said during her introductory press conference. “It is indeed a great time to be at Furman University. And I pledge to bring my fullest efforts and energies to the opportunities that lie before us.”
Davis also was an accounting professor at Baylor as she worked her way up through the school’s leadership.
She will take over for interim president Carl Kohrt, who has been in office since previous president Rod Smolla stepped down last May after less than three years in the position.