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Janine Davidson, Ph.D.

President, Metropolitan State University of Denver

Portrait of Dr DavidsonAs the ninth president of MSU Denver, Janine Davidson, Ph.D., is committed to holding the line on the American dream by providing students with an excellent, high-value education that propels them up the socio-economic ladder.

Davidson is spearheading the launch of a Classroom to Career Hub, scaling up the University’s workforce-partnership programs to deliver hands-on learning experiences for students, while also cultivating a local talent pipeline for state industry.       

In her first year as president, Davidson has championed an inclusive leadership model, bringing together people from a wide variety of backgrounds and perspectives to provide strategic direction on the University’s future. She also testified before Colorado’s Joint Budget Committee about the inequitable higher-education funding model and made the case that investing in MSU Denver will help the state achieve its educational and economic goals. 

Davidson has 30 years of experience in military operations, national security policy and academic research. Before joining the University, she served as the 32nd undersecretary of the U.S. Navy.

She holds a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of South Carolina and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Colorado Boulder. A graduate of the Air Force Squadron Officer School, she was the first woman to fly the Air Force’s tactical C-130.


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