Davis to Retire, Blamey to Serve as New Assistant Vice Chancellor for Student Life

Maxine Davis, assistant vice chancellor for student life, will retire on June 30 after 35 years of service to the university.

Since 2014, Davis has been overseeing the Student Health Center, the Student Counseling Center, the Center for Health Education and Wellness, Student Disability Services, and the Office of Student Conduct and Community Standards.

“Dr. Davis has left an indelible mark on the university during her career,” said Vince Carilli, vice chancellor for student life. “In her role as an advocate for students and the programs and services that support them, she has been involved in every major decision impacting the student experience for over three decades.”

She previously served as the dean of students for 12 years, serving as both the first female and the first African American in the position. She also served as associate dean of students, director of minority student affairs, and director of the Office of Adult Student Services during her tenure.

“Being a Volunteer has meant service to students, faculty, staff, and others. It is giving back to the campus community and beyond, not only through my work but also having a sincere passion for making a difference in people’s lives,” Davis said. “It is a true honor to be called a Volunteer, and I will take the Volunteer spirit with me wherever I go.”

Ashley Blamey, currently serving as director of the Center for Health Education and Wellness, will assume the role of assistant vice chancellor for student life on July 1.

“Dr. Blamey has proven herself distinctly qualified for this position, particularly through her commitment to support the mental, physical, and social well-being of our campus community and beyond,” said Vince Carilli. “She has been instrumental in developing programs intended to promote safe and healthy habits and increasing access for our students, faculty, and staff.”

Blamey received her master’s and doctorate in social work from UT. She began working as the university’s first case management specialist in 2008. Blamey has served as CHEW’s director since 2011.

The Center for Health Education and Wellness engages in prevention and intervention efforts to increase awareness, impact decision making, and positively influence the university community focusing on areas of wellness, sexual assault, relationship violence and stalking, and alcohol and other drugs.