Strong Connections

Alumna and longtime professor Tommye Lou Davis appointed as VP for Constituent Engagement

December 17, 2010

Judge Ken Starr announced on Oct. 27 the appointment of Tommye Lou Davis, BA '66, MA '68, associate dean of the Honors College, associate professor of classics and Master Teacher, to his executive council as vice president for constituent engagement, effective at the start of the spring semester.

At the direction of Baylor Regents, the administration has created a strategic, comprehensive and effective university-based alumni relations effort to better engage and serve Baylor alumni worldwide. As Starr's vice president for constituent engagement, Davis will help ensure the effective integration of these efforts and provide oversight to the university's other most important outreach efforts. Davis will have responsibility for the Baylor Network, the Parents League and the Office of Government Relations.

"I am immensely pleased to appoint Tommye Lou Davis to this new position as we continue our efforts to meaningfully connect with all members of the Baylor family," Starr said. "Tommye Lou is a skilled communicator who, in her 35-year career at Baylor, has taught, mentored and befriended thousands of Baylor students who are now faithful and generously supportive alumni. She is a tireless advocate who, during the Bush library effort and elsewhere, has demonstrated a steadfast dedication to Baylor. We are fortunate to have as remarkably competent and extraordinarily talented an individual as Tommye Lou to step into this important position."

"I am excited and humbled by this opportunity to serve Baylor University as a member of President Starr's executive council," Davis said. "As associate dean in the Honors College for the past three years, I have enjoyed reaching out to students, parents, friends and alumni in order to share and promote the outstanding work of my colleagues and our students. I am energized by this wonderful opportunity to expand those efforts to include representing Baylor to alumni worldwide. I am grateful to President Starr for his confidence in me, and I look forward to engaging alumni and friends around the globe who love Baylor and want to maintain a meaningful connection to our university."

Davis has taught Latin to Baylor students since joining the faculty in 1966. She was appointed assistant professor with tenure in 1972 and was designated Master Teacher and associate professor in 1993. She served as acting chair of the classics department in 2002.

Davis has served as a member of the Faculty Senate and on the board of directors for the Baylor Alumni Association. She served on the Faculty Athletics Council for 12 years and as chair for three years. She is a longtime member of the Baylor Round Table and Baylor Bear Foundation.

Actively involved in student life, Davis has served for 22 years as faculty adviser for Kappa Kappa Gamma sorority and was selected the Outstanding Adviser on Campus in 1996 and 2010. She also served for several years as the adviser for Alpha Chi Honor Society. 

As a faculty member, Davis has received numerous awards for outstanding teaching and service, including the Moon Mullins Award for Meritorious Service (1994), Mortar Board Circle of Achievement (2002) and the Outstanding Professor by the Baylor Women's League (2001-02). 

From 2000-03, Davis served on the Bush Presidential Library Committee, chairing the Museum Planning Committee. In 2003, she was appointed Chief of Staff to the President and assumed overall responsibility as chair of Baylor's presidential library efforts. Before returning to the classics department and the Honors College as associate dean in 2007, Davis served as Chief of Staff to the Chancellor.

Davis and her husband, Don, have four children: Christi Whittenburg Roberts, BA '92, and husband Murray, BBA '88, John David Whittenburg, BA '97, MA '98, and wife Amanda; Warren Davis and Martha Davis; and four grandchildren: Laura Cate Roberts and twins Cameron Elizabeth and Murray Wythe Roberts and Violet Louise Whittenburg.