Paula Davis



Deputy Commissioner of Operations and Administration

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Paula Davis serves as the Assistant Commissioner of Administrative Services for the department where she is responsible for the administration of budget and fiscal, human resources, information systems and internal audit sectors of the department.

Ms. Davis brings nearly three decades of finance and administrative experience to TNECD having served in a focused array of positions within state government. In addition, Ms. Davis serves as a governor’s appointment to the Tennessee Advisory Commission on Intergovernmental Relations. She has also served as a governor’s appointment to the Southern Growth Policies Board.

Ms. Davis has held positions in the state with Board of Probation and Paroles, the Department of Human Services, the Department of Finance and Administration’s Division of Budget, and the Tennessee Legislature Office of Legislative Budget Analysis. Additionally, Ms. Davis served as the director of higher education information systems for the Tennessee Higher Education Commission’s Fiscal Affairs sector.

A graduate of the University of Tennessee at Knoxville with a bachelor’s degree in business administration, Ms. Davis is very involved in community organizations including the University of Tennessee Alumni Association Women’s Council, the UT Alumni Association Board of Governors, the Mt. Zion Baptist Church in Nashville and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. She resides in Smyrna, Tennessee with her husband, Elder James G. Davis, Esq.