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Notre Dame administrator picked as new DePaul provost

New DePaul University Provost Donald Pope-Davis will start his new job July. Photo/DePaul University.

New DePaul University Provost Donald Pope-Davis will start his new job in July. Photo/DePaul University.

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Donald Pope-Davis, who for the past six years has been vice president and associate provost at the University of Notre Dame, has been appointed provost of DePaul University.

In his new role at DePaul, Pope-Davis will serve as chief academic officer and deal with the day-to-day operations of the university in academic affairs, enrollment management, marketing, faculty recruitment, tenure and student affairs, DePaul University spokeswoman Carol Hughes said.

“Anything dealing with the academic side, that’s what the provost does,” Hughes said.

Pope-Davis joined Notre Dame as a professor in 2000 and held senior administrative roles, including interim dean, at that university’s graduate school.

Pope-Davis, one of 12 children, is the co-author of three books on multicultural counseling.

He recently co-wrote a 2011 report on African-American Catholics, according to a release from DePaul. The report, the largest sampling ever of its kind, examined the religious engagement of African-Americans with the Catholic Church and identified demographic trends facing the church.

Pope-Davis earned his doctorate in counseling psychology from Stanford University. 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.

“We think highly of Dr. Pope-Davis’ intellectual work, as well as his broad service to his academic colleagues in academic administration at Notre Dame,” the Rev. Dennis Holtschneider, president of DePaul University, said in the release. “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.”

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