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President Elizabeth Davis elected to CIC Board of Directors

Elizabeth Davis became President of Furman in 2014.

Furman University President Elizabeth Davis has been elected to the Council of Independent Colleges (CIC) Board of Directors.

Davis will serve a one-year term from January 2018 to January 2019. The elections were held during a meeting of the Board of Directors on Jan. 4.

“The Council is pleased to have Elizabeth Davis as a Board member,” said CIC President Richard Ekman. “CIC continues to implement many new programs, projects and services and needs a strong Board of Directors to oversee their planning and execution. I am certain that Dr. Davis will serve the Council admirably, and I look forward to working with her.”

CIC is the only national higher education association that focuses solely on providing services and a broad range of initiatives directly to independent colleges and universities to help improve the quality of education and strengthen institutional resources.

“It is an honor and a privilege to serve on the board of the Council of Independent Colleges,” Davis said. “The organization does very important work in higher education, and I’m happy to be a part of that effort. I look forward to being actively involved in addressing the issues that affect institutions like Furman and all of higher education.”

Davis became Furman’s 12th president on July 1, 2014. Under her leadership, the university has instituted The Furman Advantage, a distinctive vision for higher education centered on a comprehensive student experience.

She is a member of the Council of Presidents, an advisory group of college and university chief executives who provide guidance to the Association of Governing Boards of Universities and Colleges. She serves on the Board of Directors of the Greenville Chamber of Commerce, and is a member of the South Carolina Higher Education Tuition Grants Commission.  She has been recognized by Greenville Business Magazine as one of Greenville’s “50 Most Influential People.”

Before coming to Furman, President Davis spent 22 years at Baylor University in Texas, where she most recently held the position of Executive Vice President and Provost. She is a graduate of Baylor, and earned her Ph.D. from Duke University.

For more information, contact Furman’s News and Media Relations office at 864-294-3107 or

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