Dr. Eric Davis has been named as the new Provost & Vice-President Academic at the University of the Fraser Valley. As Vice-President Academic, he will serve as the senior UFV officer responsible for academic leadership. As Provost, he assumes responsibility for institutional planning and operational coordination. Dr. Davis has been acting in the position for the past year and will now take it on for a five-year term.
President and Vice-chancellor Dr. Mark Evered made the announcement to the university community following a lengthy search that culminated in three candidates visiting campus and presenting their views to faculty and staff. The search committee that made the final recommendation to the UFV Board of Governors was comprised of 13 faculty, staff, student, Senate, alumni, administration, and Board members.
Originally from Montreal, Dr. Davis holds BA and MA degrees from Concordia University, and a PhD from the University of Sussex (England). He has held academic positions at Memorial University, McGill University, and Concordia.
Dr. Davis joined UFV (then UCFV) in 1992, when it was undergoing rapid expansion, and his administrative contributions since that time include terms as head of the History department and Dean of Arts. He has extensive experience in teaching, research, program development, curriculum development, and community relations. His research and teaching interests lie in European intellectual history in the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly the emergence and development of modernism.