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Interim President Mary Davenport, Ph.D.

Mary Davenport, Ph.D.
Interim President

Dr. Mary Davenport has served Minnesota state higher education for 28 years, most recently appointed the Interim President of Rochester Community and Technical College, with an effective date of July 1, 2016.   

Dr. Davenport’s career in higher education began in 1981 with eight years of teaching at the university level at Truman State University, University of Wisconsin‐Stout, and Colorado State University. She served the next five years as academic administrator at Hibbing Technical College followed by two years as the Chief Tech Prep Program Manager for the State of Minnesota under the Technical College System. When the systems merged, Dr. Davenport served as the System Director for Educational Grant Programs, which included serving as the chief administrator for Minnesota’s Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act program.

She led efforts to deliver the first truly collaborative joint state plan, with positive outcomes bridging secondary and college career and technical education pathways. During her tenure within MnSCU, she received both state and national recognition for her work in career and technical education, and government relations.  Most recently, Dr. Davenport served as the Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs at Riverland Community College (Austin, Albert Lea, Owatonna), and previously she served in various capacities at Saint Paul College.

Dr. Davenport earned her PhD in occupational and educational studies at Colorado State University, Fort Collins, Colorado, an Education Specialist degree in guidance and counseling at the University of Wisconsin – Stout, Master of Science degrees in textiles and related art, and family and consumer science education from the University of Wisconsin‐Stout and a Bachelor of Science degree in family and consumer science education from the University of Wisconsin‐ Stevens Point.


Contact Information
(507) 285-7210 or 1‑800‑247‑1296
Rochester Community and Technical College
851 30th Ave SE :: Rochester, MN 55904-4999
Rochester Community and Technical College, a member of Minnesota State.
RCTC is an affirmative action, equal opportunity educator and employer.
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