John Davis

Jim Gipe
May 8, 2017
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John Davis, Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art, Smith College, and Executive Director of the Terra Foundation for American Art’s Global Academic Programs and Terra Foundation Europe, has been named Under Secretary for Museums and Research/Provost at the Smithsonian. He will be the first person to hold this position created by Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton shortly after his arrival in 2015 to promote multi-disciplinary activities across the Smithsonian.

Davis will begin July 31. He will oversee the Smithsonian’s 19 museums and 9 research units, the National Zoo, the Office of Fellowships and Internships, the Smithsonian Scholarly Press, the archives, and a library system. Davis will be one of two Under Secretaries reporting directly to Skorton. Al Horvath serves as Under Secretary for Finance and Administration/CFO.