Vice Chancellor Zebulun Davenport Resigns from IUPUI


Vice Chancellor Zeb Davenport resigned from his position as vice chancellor for student affairs on Wednesday, March 23. Chancellor Nasser Paydar sent an email to members of administration announcing the resignation as the result of Dr. Davenport, “transitioning into a new opportunity.”  

Davenport’s resignation comes a month after, receiving recognition for his work when IUPUI was listed as one of the “Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs.”

"I am humbled by the recognition as one of the 2016 Most Promising Places to Work in Student Affairs," Davenport said in a press release. "In the dDivision of sStudent aAffairs at IUPUI, we work diligently to create spaces that recognize, respect and celebrate diversity. We model and practice fostering a community that promotes equal participation, honors and respects differences, and teaches multicultural competency.

"While we are proud of this honor, we know that we can never stop working to deliver quality programs and services for students at IUPUI," Davenport continued. "The IUPUI students are our motivation, not the national recognition."

Assistant Vice Chancellor Tralicia Powell Lewis will be acting as interim vice chancellor. Despite her experience from over 20 years at IUPUI, Lewis doesn’t want the position permanently.

I have received both my undergraduate and graduate degrees from the IUPUI campus. I share this background information to let you know my love and loyalty for this campus and our students run deep. I have thoroughly enjoyed serving as Assistant Vice Chancellor for the past four years and my intent is to return to this position when a successful candidate is selected. Until then, I am happy to work with my colleagues in Student Affairs to continue the meaningful work necessary for our students' success,” said Lewis.

Following his resignation Davenport deleted his twitter account @DrZDavenport. Davenport was nominated for the Miami University president, but it has been confirmed he was not chosen for this position. The Campus Citizen has reached out to Davenport regarding the reason for his resignation and will update if he responds.

While Davenport turned in his resignation on March 23, Lewis was asked to become the interim vice chancellor of student affairs on March 22. IUPUI does not formally announce resignations, though it is unclear whether Davenport’s resignation was expected or not.