Gov. Bentley names new finance director

Dr. Marquita Davis
Dr. Marquita Davis

The director of the Alabama Department of Children's Affairs, Marquita Davis, has been named the state's chief financial officer.

Gov. Robert Bentley on Tuesday appointed Davis to be director of the Alabama Finance Department.

"She is highly accomplished and has the right amount of experience and knowledge to lead this important state agency," said Governor Bentley. "I have enjoyed working with Dr. Davis in her role at the Department of Children's Affairs. I admire her work ethic and intelligence and I know she will do a great job for the people of Alabama."

The finance director advises the governor and the Legislature on financial matters. Davis replaces former finance director David Perry, who is now the governor's chief of staff.

Davis has more than 20 years of experience in higher education and before becoming children's affairs commissioner she was director of the Office of School Readiness.

She takes over the finance department at a time when the state faces tight budgets and layoffs in some departments. She said she looks forward to facing the state's financial challenges.

"I'm honored for the opportunity to work with Governor Bentley and to serve the people of the state in my new capacity. I appreciate his confidence in my abilities," said Dr. Davis. "I am committed to tackling the financial challenges we face as a state."

Dr. Davis received a B.S. in Family Social Services from Northern Illinois University, a Masters in Family Studies from Alabama A&M University and received her Ph.D. in Early Childhood Education and Child Development from the University of Alabama at Birmingham. Dr. Davis also served as Deputy Director of Child Development Services at the Jefferson County Committee for Economic Opportunity in Birmingham.

The appointment goes into effect in September.

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