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Elizabeth Davis

Dean, School of Management, University of San Francisco


Dr. Elizabeth Davis has been the Dean of the School of Management since August 2014, and is the first female dean in the school’s history. She is an expert in strategic management, organizational dynamics, sustainability, and business policy.

Prior to her appointment at USF, Dr. Davis enjoyed a well-rounded industry career and an impressive 25+ year academic career. She was dean of the College of Business and a professor of management at the University of New Haven in Connecticut, an associate professor and Chair of the Department of Organizational Sciences and Communication, and Director of the Women’s Leadership Institute at George Washington University. She gained a deep understanding of the Jesuit educational tradition during her 12 years on the faculty of the School of Business at St. Joseph’s University in Philadelphia, where she successfully led her department through the Association to Advance Collegiate Schools of Business (AACSB) accreditation process. During her industry career, she was a researcher at Duke University Medical School, and then CEO and COO of the National Disease Research Interchange, a biomedical research and technology firm based in Philadelphia.

Ph.D., Social Systems Sciences, The Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania
B.A., Sociology, with Honors, Dean’s List, Barnard College, Columbia University