Kery Davis, former senior vice president of programming at HBO, was recently named athletic director at Howard University.
“After an extensive national search, Kery emerged as the ideal candidate to spearhead the future of Howard’s Division I athletics program,” Howard University President Wayne A. I. 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.”
In his role at HBO, a position he held for 16 years, Davis was credited with curating boxing matches for some of the biggest names in the industry including Floyd Mayweather, Mike Tyson, Manny Pacquiano, Lennox Lewis and Evander Holyfield.
Regarding his new role at Howard, Davis is reported as having said, “Everywhere I’ve been there has been a remarkable standard of excellence. That’s the bar I want to achieve at Howard. I have experience managing budgets and a staff, and I have a tremendous amount of people I worked with in all aspects from arena operations to apparel. I hope to garner those resources that will help me in this endeavor.”
A graduate of Dartmouth College, Davis earned a law degree from Cornell University.