Davis Named to New Under Secretary/Provost Position
John Davis, an accomplished American art historian, has been named Under Secretary for Museums and Research/Provost, overseeing the Smithsonian's 19 museums and nine research centers, the National Zoo, the Office of Fellowships and Internships, the Smithsonian Archives and Smithsonian Libraries. Previously, Davis was the Alice Pratt Brown Professor of Art at Smith College and executive director of the Terra Foundation Europe. From 2007-2012, he was associate provost and dean for academic development at Smith. Davis, who will begin on July 31, is the first person to hold this position created by Smithsonian Secretary David Skorton. Richard Kurin, who has served as Acting Under Secretary for Museums and Research/Provost, will now be the Smithsonian's first Distinguished Scholar and Ambassador-at-Large.