Mary Davenport is a former higher education administrator with 30 years of experience with Minnesota State, where she held various local and statewide roles that included service as a faculty member, dean, vice president, and president. Davenport also brings over five years of university classroom teaching experience.
She received undergraduate and graduate degrees from the University of Wisconsin–Stevens Point and the University of Wisconsin–Stout. She earned her PhD at Colorado State University and has completed various professional education programs at the Harvard Kennedy School, the Institute for Women in Higher Education at Bryn Mawr College, and the Duke University Sanford Center for Public Policy.
Davenport has served on boards in the government and nonprofit sectors, including the Governor’s Workforce Development Council, Minnesota Job Skills Partnership, KSMQ Public Television, the Austin Area Commission for the Arts, and the Greater Rochester Arts and Cultural Trust. She was awarded a Bush Leadership Fellowship in 2003.