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OFFICE OF THE PRESIDENT


Biography

President Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

Davidson is the ninth president of MSU Denver. She is a veteran of the U.S. Air Force and served as the undersecretary of the Navy prior to joining the University in July 2017. Her top priority is ensuring that students receive the support they need to graduate, get good jobs and move up the economic ladder.

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Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

President, Metropolitan State University of Denver

 

Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is the president of Metropolitan State University of Denver, the state’s third-largest public university, serving more than 20,000 students in high-quality, career-oriented undergraduate and graduate academic programs.

Portrait of Dr DavidsonPrior to her appointment in 2017, Davidson served as the 32nd undersecretary of the United States Navy and the president’s appointed “chief management officer” for the Navy and Marine Corps. Her appointment as Navy “under” followed nearly 30 years of professional government and academic service in national-security policy and academia.

She has taught at George Mason University, Georgetown University, Davidson College and various professional military schools, and was an aviation and aerobatics flight instructor at the U.S. Air Force Academy. Davidson began her career as an Air Force officer and cargo pilot. She was a distinguished graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School and was the first woman to fly the Air Force’s tactical C-130. 

Davidson’s honors include: HillVets Top 100 Most Influential Veterans, University of South Carolina Distinguished Alumna, Secretary of the Navy Medal for Distinguished Public Service, Secretary of Defense Medal for Outstanding Public Service, and Girl Scouts of Colorado Woman of Distinction.

Currently, Davidson serves as a presidentially appointed commissioner for the National Commission on Military, National and Public Service. Locally, she serves as a member of the Denver Mayor’s Education Compact, as co-chair of Denver’s “Complete Count” census committee and as a board member of the Downtown Denver Partnership, the Denver Metro Chamber Leadership Foundation and the Rose Foundation.