Dr. Zebulun Davenport, Vice President for Student Affairs
Effective February 6, Zebulun Davenport has been named vice president for student affairs at West Chester University. Davenport, who had been serving as interim vice president for student affairs since August 2016, oversees the University's Division of Student Affairs, which is comprised of a number of offices including Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, Sykes Student Union, Student Health Services, the Office of Health Promotions, Counseling and Psychological Services, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, the Office of Student Involvement, the Larry Dowdy Multicultural Center, Fraternity and Sorority Life, the Office of New Student Programs, the Career Center, the Recreation Center, and the Department of Athletics.
Davenport's experience in student affairs spans over 25 years, including the past nine years serving as a senior student affairs officer. His expertise includes creating approaches to serving students in urban settings, student retention, student learning outcomes, assessment, strategic planning, as well as strategies for assisting first-generation college students.
Davenport is co-creator of the Changing Institutional Retention through Co-Curricular Learning Experiences (CIRCLE) Model, which engages and links co-curricular service providers in academic and student affairs in a systemic collegial process of institution-wide service delivery. Among Davenport's publications is a book that he co-authored, with Lee Ward and Michael J. Siegel, entitled First-Generation College Students – Understanding and Improving the Experience from Recruitment to Commencement (Jossey-Bass, 2012).
Davenport holds a Doctor of Higher Education and Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Public Relations from James Madison University.