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Meet the Staff: MaryAnn Davenport

By Tyler New

By Tyler New

“Those who are happiest are those who do the most for others.”
― Booker T. Washington, Up from Slavery

People who make an extra effort to help others are special individuals; they see beyond their own immediate needs and recognize that other people may be struggling a little bit more than they are.

MaryAnn Davenport is one of these individuals. She lists “helping others” as one of her interests, and she demonstrates her belief in the importance of helping others by volunteering.

Davenport’s position at TU allows her to constructively apply such beliefs and interests in a professional setting. As Director of Management Advisory and Compliance Services, Davenport recommends improvements in compliance and controls for various departments, she acts as a liaison between all external audit groups and she coordinates responses to audit report comments. She is a tremendous asset to the university in this regard, as she worked as an Internal Auditor with the University System of Maryland (USM) for several years and worked with the Office of Legislative Audits before coming to TU.

So what brought this auditing professional to Towson? Davenport says that she audited TU while working with USM and was impressed with what she saw. “The people here are great and the University has a lot to offer,” Davenport says. “My husband also graduated from Towson University.”

Though Davenport is new to Towson, she seems to have found her niche. When asked if her position at TU follows suit with her previous career trajectory, she replied, “My current position is kind of a continuation of my previous jobs… I never imagined myself exactly in this position, but I always knew that I would like to do something where I can help and support others.”

In addition to working and volunteering, Davenport enjoys cooking, playing board games with her family, going to the park, watching plays and watching episodes of I Love Lucy.

Towson is lucky to have gained such a well-rounded employee, and I expect that she will do well in her current position.

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