West Chester University Names Two Vice Presidents


Janice Orlov, left, and Zebulun Davenport.

Janice Orlov has been named vice president for administration and finance at West Chester University, while Zebulun Davenport has been named vice president for student affairs.

Orlov, who will report directly to the president and serve as a member of the President’s Cabinet, comes to WCU with an extensive finance and administration background, having worked in higher education for 15 years and in the private sector for several years prior.

She will oversee the university’s Finance, Budget, and Business Services, as well as Human Resources, Labor Relations, Payroll, Environmental Health and Safety, Organizational Development, Public Safety and Emergency Management, and Facilities. In addition to executing contracts, agreements, and legal documents, Orlov will serve as liaison with the external auditors, the Auditor General’s Office, and internal auditors assigned to the Pennsylvania State System of Higher Education.

Orlov has served in increasingly responsible roles at Penn. Most recently, she served as senior director of finance and administration for the office of Provost Administrative Affairs, where she was promoted from the role of director of finance for new ventures.

Prior to these recent appointments, she served the Wharton School where she advanced from the position of finance director for Wharton Executive Education to budget director for the School to managing director of finance and operations for Wharton Executive Education. Her experience as an educator includes teaching at Penn and Temple.

Orlov holds a Doctor of Education in Higher Education Management from Penn, a Master of Science in Teacher Instruction from Drexel, a Master of Business Administration from Wilkes, and a Bachelor of Science in Accounting from Penn State.

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Davenport, who had been serving as interim vice president for student affairs since August 2016, oversees the university’s Division of Student Affairs, which is comprised of a number of offices, including Housing and Residence Life, Dining Services, Sykes Student Union, Student Health Services, the Office of Health Promotions, Counseling and Psychological Services, Service-Learning and Volunteer Programs, and more.

Davenport’s experience in student affairs spans over 25 years, including the past nine years serving as a senior student affairs officer. His expertise includes creating approaches to serving students in urban settings, student retention, student learning outcomes, assessment, and strategic planning, as well as strategies for assisting first-generation college students.

Davenport is co-creator of the Changing Institutional Retention through Co-Curricular Learning Experiences (CIRCLE) Model, which engages and links co-curricular service providers in academic and student affairs in a systemic collegial process of institution-wide service delivery.

He holds a Doctor of Higher Education and Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, a Master of Education in College Student Personnel Administration, and a Bachelor of Science in Communications/Public Relations from James Madison University.

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