CHICAGO — Donald B. Pope-Davis,
professor of psychology and for the past six years the vice president and
associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, has been elected provost of
DePaul University in Chicago by its Board of Trustees.
will become DePaul’s chief academic officer in July, stepping into the position
held on an interim basis this academic year by Patricia O’Donoghue, DePaul’s
vice president for alumni outreach and engagement. O’Donoghue succeeded Helmut
Epp, who served as provost for the previous seven years.
think highly of Dr. Pope-Davis’ intellectual work as well as his broad service
to his academic colleagues in academic administration at Notre Dame,” said the
Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, C.M., president of DePaul University. “Unanimously,
everyone at DePaul also was moved by his obvious love for students, especially
those who are the first to attend college in their families.”
Committee Chair and Trustee Connie Curran said, “We had an outstanding pool of
candidates, but the search committee felt that the breadth of Pope-Davis’
academic experience in scholarship and leadership will be a strong asset in
implementing DePaul’s strategic plan.”
university community was strongly supportive of his candidacy when we reviewed
their feedback,” said Board Chair James Jenness. “And, the 10 deans were
unanimous in their support for his leadership. It made for an easy choice.”
who came to Notre Dame as a professor in 2000, was named vice president and
associate provost for undergraduate studies in 2011. In that role, his
responsibilities included undergraduate admissions, faculty promotion and
tenure, expanding opportunities and participation in undergraduate scholarship
and research, and overseeing the academic honor code. Previously, he was vice
president and associate provost for faculty affairs, from 2007-2011.
to his work in the Office of the Provost, Pope-Davis held several administrative
positions in Notre Dame’s Graduate School, including the post of interim vice
president for research and dean.
makes a significant and lasting impact in the world,” said Pope-Davies. “I am
thrilled and privileged to join its vibrant and diverse community of scholars,
students and staff toward the realization of its great mission.”
earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford. He has a master’s
degree in counseling psychology from Indiana University and a bachelor’s degree
in psychology and theology from Benedictine University in Illinois. He
previously taught and conducted research at the University of Maryland and the
University of Iowa.
studies in the areas of multicultural psychology, counseling and education.
Specifically, he is interested in cultural and racial identity development,
cultural competency training, development and assessment.
is the co-author of three books on multicultural counseling and has published
extensively in journals in the field. Pope-Davis is a research fellow of the
American Psychological Association. His productivity as a researcher was
recognized in 2008 in a survey that rated him as the third-leading contributor
to the multicultural counseling competencies literature between 1986 and 2005.
He recently co-authored a 2011 report on African-American Catholics. The
largest sampling ever of its kind, the survey examined the religious engagement
of African-Americans with the Catholic Church and identified demographic trends
facing the church.