Our Vice Provosts

Sharon L. DaviesVice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer,
    The Ohio State University

Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties, Moritz College of Law
Executive Director, Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity

Sharon Davies has been a member of the Moritz College of Law faculty at The Ohio State University for the past 20 years and is the current holder of the Gregory H. Williams Chair in Civil Rights & Civil Liberties there.  She also directs the Kirwan Institute for the Study of Race & Ethnicity at Ohio State, an engaged research institute known nationally for its work. Davies has served as the Vice Provost for Diversity & Inclusion and Chief Diversity Officer of The Ohio State University since July 2015.   She holds a 3-year appointment to the Ohio Advisory Committee to the United States Commission on Civil Rights.

Professor Davies was a Harlan Fiske Stone Scholar and a Notes and Comments Editor of the Columbia Law Review while in law school at Columbia University. After graduation she worked for Steptoe and Johnson in Washington, D.C., Lord, Day & Lord Barrett Smith in New York City, and served for five years as an Assistant United States Attorney in the U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of New York.  Professor Davies teaches Civil Rights, Criminal Law, Criminal Procedure, Race and Law, and Evidence.

Davies was the recipient of a 2015 YWCA Woman of Achievement award from the YWCA Columbus chapter, the Robert M. Duncan Award by the Columbus Chapter of the American Constitution Society (April 2014) in recognition of her contributions to democracy, fostering legal education, ensuring access to justice, and preserving individual rights and the rule of law, and the Liberty Bell Award from the Columbus Bar Association (June 2013).

Professor Davies’ articles and other writings have been published in some of the nation’s leading law journals including the Duke Law Journal, the Southern California Law Review, the Columbia Law Review, the Michigan Law Review, and Law and Contemporary Problems.  

In 2010, Oxford University Press published Davies’s narrative nonfiction account of a 1921 murder trial in Birmingham, Alabama, titled Rising Road, A True Tale of Love, Race and Religion in America, for which the Mayor of Birmingham presented her with a “Key to the City.”


Previous Vice Provosts

Valerie B. Lee, PhD

Valerie B. Lee, PhD

Vice Provost for Diversity and Inclusion
April 2010 - June 30, 2015

Mac A. Stewart, PhD

Mac A. Stewart, PhD

Interim Vice Provost and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
2000 through 2010

Timothy Knowles, PhD

Timothy Knowles, PhD

Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
1999 - 2000 (Summer)

Barbara J. Rich

Barbara J. Rich

Interim Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
1997 - 1999

LeRoy Pernell, Esq.

LeRoy Pernell, Esq.

Interim Vice Provost and Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
1993 - 1997

David Williams II, Esq.

David Williams II, Esq.

Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
August of 1992 - 1993

The Honorable Robert M. Duncan

The Honorable Robert M. Duncan

Administrative Head
1992 (Summer)

Joseph Russell, PhD

Joseph Russell, PhD

Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
1990 - 1992

Linda Jackson

Linda Jackson

Interim Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
January 1989 - December 1989

Frank W. Hale Jr., PhD

Frank W. Hale Jr., PhD

Vice Provost for Minority Affairs
1970 - 1978


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