Wednesday, September 9, 2015


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Howard University Appoints Kery D. Davis as New Athletics Director

WASHINGTON, D.C. (September 9, 2015) — Howard University President, Dr. Wayne A. I. Frederick announced today that Kery D. Davis has been appointed director, Department of Intercollegiate Athletics during a press conference at Campus Hall South.

"After an extensive national search, Kery emerged as the ideal candidate to spearhead the future of Howard's Division I athletics program," Frederick said. "As an experienced student-athlete, sports executive, and administrator, Kery comes to Howard with the requisite skills and passion to lead our athletics program. Under Kery's leadership, I have no doubt that Howard's student-athletes will continue to flourish at the highest levels on the field and in the classroom. We are excited to have him as our new director of athletics, building on the foundation of excellence established by Shelley Davis who served as an exceptional interim athletics director."

"I am incredibly thankful to Dr. Frederick and the entire Howard University community for this tremendous opportunity,” Davis said. “Dr. Frederick's vision and commitment to achieve at the highest academic and athletic levels is quite impressive. It is clearly evident that the university is fully engaged in helping make that vision a reality. Our coaches, staff, and student-athletes will strive to enhance the university's mission and national brand through an ongoing commitment to excellence.”

Davis joins Howard University with an impressive track record of accomplishments during his most recent tenure with HBO Sports. Davis is credited with negotiating lucrative multiyear agreements for HBO with major league sports as well as an impressive roster of professional athletes. Davis provided leadership, oversight and both strategic and creative direction to various functions at HBO; and successfully negotiated numerous multiyear professional boxing contracts with Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Jr., Lennox Lewis, Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao and Floyd Mayweather, Jr.

Davis holds a law degree from Cornell University, and a bachelor's degree in political science from Dartmouth College.


Founded in 1867, Howard University is a private, research university that is comprised of 13 schools and colleges. Students pursue studies in more than 120 areas leading to undergraduate, graduate and professional degrees. Since 1998, the University has produced two Rhodes Scholars, two Truman Scholars, a Marshall Scholar, 30 Fulbright Scholars and 11 Pickering Fellows. Howard also produces more on campus African-American Ph.D. recipients than any other university in the United States. For more information on Howard University, call 202-238-2330, or visit the University's Web site at