D. Scott Davis
Provost and Acting Dean,
Tift College of Education
David Scott Davis was appointed Mercer University Provost in January 2012. During his tenure as the University’s chief academic officer, Mercer has been admitted to the Georgia Research Alliance and has been awarded a chapter of Phi Beta Kappa. Externally funded research has grown by more than 20 percent, the number of students pursuing Ph.D. degrees has grown from 33 to more than 250, and the University established an academic health sciences center and its 12th academic unit, the College of Health Professions, since 2012. Enrollment in Mercer’s graduate and professional programs has increased by more than 40 percent, from 2,840 to almost 4,000, while undergraduate enrollment on the Macon campus has increased by 38 percent.
Dr. Davis joined the Mercer faculty as assistant professor of chemistry in 1991, was promoted to associate professor in 1996, and served as chair of the department from 2000-2002, when he was named associate dean of the College of Liberal Arts. He served as associate executive vice president from 2003 to 2006, when he was named senior vice provost for research and dean of graduate studies. Dr. Davis holds the rank of professor of chemistry.
A native of South Carolina, Dr. Davis holds a B.S. from Erskine College and a Ph.D. from Emory University. He completed a post-doctoral appointment at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Dr. Davis is a member of the Zeta of Georgia chapter of Phi Beta Kappa; the American Chemical Society-Organic Division; Pi Alpha Chemical Fraternity; Council on Undergraduate Research-Chemistry Division; the American Chemical Society-Division of Chemical Education; and the American Council of Academic Deans. He also is a member of Phi Kappa Phi; Sigma Xi Scientific Honor Society; Omicron Delta Kappa Society; and Gamma Sigma Epsilon Chemistry Honor Society.