Nancy J. Cable, Ph.D.

After 39 years in college and university leadership, Dr. Nancy J. Cable was appointed as President of The Arthur Vining Davis Foundations in October 2012.  A nationally recognized leader in higher education access, finance and affordability, she is known for her achievements in widening access to college for students from all walks of life.

In 2011-2012, Dr. Cable served as interim President of Bates College focusing on faculty governance, campus ethos, robust faculty hiring, and matters of diversity and inclusion.  She completed key philanthropic initiatives totaling $10 million, launched new programs in collaborative leadership, and led the dedication of two new academic buildings.

Dr. Cable joined Bates College as vice president to collaborate with faculty, trustees and students to strengthen Bates as a leading liberal arts college. She led major innovations in admission and financial aid practices, and in the college’s communications and media relations enterprise. She supported new initiatives with the Bates Arts Collaborative, strengthened local and regional relationships, and oversaw Bates’ hosting of a Maine Public Broadcasting telecast of a Maine gubernatorial debate.

Prior to Bates, Dr. Cable held faculty and senior administrative roles at the University of Virginia and from 1992 to 2005, she served Davidson College as vice president and dean of admission and financial aid, leading a college-wide effort to advance selectivity, diversity and faculty involvement in the admission and financial aid process.

Dr. Cable previously served as a vice president at Guilford College and held several administrative and faculty positions at Denison University.  A native of Ohio, she holds a bachelor’s degree from Marietta College, a master’s from the University of Vermont and a Ph.D. from the University of Virginia.

She has served on many boards including the National Merit Scholarship Corporation, the College Board Task Force on Quality and Access, and she currently serves as Chair of The Better Angels Society Board of Directors, a nonprofit board in support of Ken Burns’ extraordinary service to the nation’s education system through quality public television.