D. Scott Davis
David Scott Davis joined the Mercer faculty as assistant professor of chemistry in 1991. He 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.
As senior vice provost for research and dean of graduate studies, Dr. Davis led Mercer to expand its profile as a research institution. Externally funded research has grown by 33 percent, and the number of students pursuing Ph.D. degrees has grown from 33 to 241. Overall, enrollment in Mercer’s graduate and professional programs has increased by 34 percent, from 2,840 in 2006 to more than 3,800 this fall. During his tenure in the Provost’s Office, Mercer also had its first scientists funded as Eminent Scholars by the Georgia Cancer Coalition.
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 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.