President Richard W. Davenport

Richard Davenport

Minnesota State University, Mankato
309 Wigley Administration Center
Mankato, MN 56001

Phone: (507) 389-1111
Fax: (507) 389-6200

Appointed: July 1, 2002

Previous Positions:

  • Provost and vice president, Central Michigan University
  • Dean of the graduate school and associate vice president for academic affairs, Western State College of Colorado
  • Chairperson and professor, Winona Tri-College/University Cooperative Program


  • Ph.D., higher education administration, Iowa State University
  • M.S., speech and hearing sciences, Colorado State University
  • B.A., speech and hearing disorders, University of Nebraska - Kearney

Professional Organizations:

  • American Council on Education
  • American Association of State Colleges and Universities, Council for Advancement

Other Organizations:

  • Center for Rural Policy and Development, board of directors
  • Greater Mankato Economic Growth Corporation
  • Cities, Colleges and University Council
  • AASCU's Rural Institutions Committee
  • AASCU's Professional Development Committee
  • Mankato Diversity Council

Areas of Expertise:

  • Higher education administration consulting, shared governance, extended learning and global issues


  • With a teaching career that spans over a 30-year period, Dr. Davenport has received several teaching excellence awards and earned tenure and full professor rank before entering academic administration on a full-time basis. In his administrative roles, Dr. Davenport has emphasized teaching excellence, scholarly work, and promotion of student learning as primary goals for faculty.