Director of Athletics at Howard University
Kery Davis was appointed Director of Intercollegiate Athletics at Howard University by Dr. Wayne A.I. Frederick in September of 2015.
“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.”
“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 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.”
Since arriving at the Mecca, the Bison have enjoyed a renaissance under Davis’ leadership, chartering a course that has established Howard as an innovative leader in the college sports landscape. When Davis was appointed, he stated that his vision was to ‘have Howard’s athletic brand reflect the academic excellence, mission and values of Howard University on the field of play, in the classroom and in the community. As Dr. Frederick has stated many times, we no longer want Athletics to be a hobby at Howard University.’
Davis oversees Howard University’s 21 collegiate sports programs, the most of any HBCU. During his tenure, the athletic programs have achieved remarkable success in the class room, winning awards for its graduation rates and culminating with the highest department GPA in recent history. Additionally, the athletic programs have enjoyed significant enhancements to facilities featuring the addition of a state of the art media press box which includes two luxury suites, a renovated men’s football locker room and two digital scoreboards in the basketball arena. Capitalizing on Howard’s iconic brand, Davis has negotiated numerous sponsorship deals with national brands AT&T, Rocket Mortgage, Nissan and Nuna Baby, Inc.
On the field of play, the Bison have continued to compete for and win championships, most notably its Woman’s Volleyball team which prior to the 2020 Covid season won 5 conference championships in a row. Additionally, the Bison continue to make a positive contribution to its community through its partnerships with Athletes for Hope, the Grassroots Project and Be the Match. .
Davis joined Howard University with an impressive track record of accomplishments. Prior to Howard, Davis served as the Senior Vice President of Programming for HBO’s award winning Sports Division. During his tenure at HBO, Davis negotiated multi-year agreements for HBO with major league sports franchises such as the NFL and NHL. Davis was also responsible for the strategic direction of HBO’s boxing franchise and as such negotiated numerous multi-year contracts with stars such as Oscar De La Hoya, Roy Jones, Jr., Lennox Lewis, Shane Mosley, Manny Pacquiao, and Floyd Mayweather, Jr. Additionally known for creating super events, Davis spearheaded many of the biggest events in Sports history, including mega-fights between Mike Tyson vs Lennox Lewis and Floyd Mayweather vs Oscar De la Hoya.
During his tenure the department created groundbreaking original programming such as Hard Knocks and the 24/7 series and produced critically acclaimed and award-winning documentaries such as Magic Johnson and Larry Bird: A Courtship of Rivals.
Davis’ vision of creating ‘buzz worthy’ events has continued at Howard. The football program defeated UNLV in the biggest upset in college football history. In 2017, the Department launched what has become known as the Martin Luther King game with a basketball contest vs Harvard at the Mecca. This upcoming season, Howard will host Notre Dame on MLK day to be featured on FOX broadcast network. In 2021, Howard partnered with DC United and Events DC to create the first annual Truth and Service Classic at Audi Field.
In 2019 Howard announced its plan to relaunch a men’s and women’s golf program with a gift from NBA superstar Steph Curry, one of the largest gifts in HBCU sports history.
Kery Davis currently sits on the NCAA Men’s Basketball Oversight Committee.
Davis, a Bronx, New York native, played point guard at Cardinal Hayes High School. He continued his play at Dartmouth College, earning a bachelor’s degree in political science and holds a law degree from Cornell University.
Davis is married to his wife Samantha and has four children.