Riverland Comm. College hires new vice president

Published 10:22 am Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Riverland Community College has a new vice president.

Riverland officials selected Mary Davenport as the interim vice president of Academic and Student Affairs. Davenport replaces Ron Langrell who left the college in July.

Davenport comes to Riverland from Saint Paul College, where she was the interim dean of Health and Service programs. Prior to that she served in the system office of Minnesota State Colleges and Universities as executive director for state and federal government relations.

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Davenport’s career in higher education began in 1981 with eight years of teaching at the university level at Truman State University, University of Wisconsin-Stout, and Colorado State University. She served the next five years as academic administrator at Hibbing Technical College followed by two years as the chief Tech Prep program manager for the State of Minnesota under the Technical College System. When the systems merged, Davenport served as the system director for educational grant programs, which included serving as the chief administrator for Minnesota’s Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act program. She led efforts to deliver the first truly collaborative joint state plan, with positive outcomes bridging secondary and college career and technical education pathways.

“I am very impressed with Mary’s background,” said Kent Hanson, Riverland’s interim president, in a press release. “She has a very open and collaborative leadership style that will be a good fit for Riverland.”

Davenport earned her Ph.D. in occupational and educational studies at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colo., an education specialist degree in guidance and counseling at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Master of Science degrees in textiles and related art, and family and consumer science education from the University of Wisconsin-Stout and a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer science education from the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.