Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis

Executive Vice President & Chief Operating Officer, University of Virginia


University of Virginia Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Jennifer (J.J.) Wagner Davis is the university’s chief administrative, business, and operating officer and has been a member of the President’s executive leadership team since November 2018. Her portfolio includes finance, human resources, capital planning, facilities management, business operations, emergency management, safety and security, information technology services and security, organizational excellence, audit, compliance, risk management, state government relations, and economic development. Davis sets financial policy and oversees the financial affairs of the university, including its schools and the Medical Center. Along with her talented team, she keeps the university’s physical plant and services running 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Prior to coming to UVA, Davis held similar roles at George Mason University and the University of Delaware, as well as cabinet-level positions in Delaware state government. She serves on the boards of several university-affiliated organizations and the WSFS Financial Corporation. Davis earned both her bachelor’s degree in political science and her master’s degree in policy analysis from Pennsylvania State University.