Olivia N. Davis CPA, MSA
Olivia N. Davis, CPA, joined the faculty at the University of Kentucky in January of 2018. Prior to this, she was in public accounting with PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers LLP) in the assurance practice. As a CPA with nearly 14 years of experience, Professor Davis brings a wealth of experience to her classroom. She invites her students to go beyond just the technical accounting and auditing concepts by sharing real-world, current scenarios that help them understand the challenges that businesses face. Professor Davis also uses her extensive experience to help businesses design education solutions that increase growth and development opportunities for their employees.
Professor Davis serves the faculty advisor for the UK Student Chapter of the National Association of Black Accountants (NABA) and she is a professional member of NABA. In 2019, she founded the Gatton College’s FASTrack program for high school students.
Professor Davis is an active member of the accounting profession. She has been a professional member of NABA since 2005 and has served in a variety of leadership roles with the Greater Louisville Chapter including Treasurer, Vice President and Co-Chair of the Accounting Career Awareness Program at the University of Louisville. She currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Kentucky Society of CPAs and is a member of the KYCPA Diversity and Inclusion Committee.
Professor Davis also believes strongly in service to community in areas where one has both skills and passion. As such, she serves on various community boards including the Lyric Theatre and Cultural Arts Center (Treasurer), the Explorium of Lexington (Vice President), and Kentucky Higher Education Assistance Authority/Kentucky Higher Education Student Loan Corporation (Finance and Audit Committee Chair).
Professor Davis also serves as a University Faculty Senator and on numerous committees at the University and Gatton College Level. She was awarded the Gatton College Teaching Excellence Award in 2020.