Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger has announced the appointment of David Davenport, Hoover research fellow, to the California Performance Review Commission.
In February 2004, the governor created the California Performance Review (CPR). Currently, the CPR is conducting a comprehensive examination of the methods and practices of government with the goal of increasing efficiency while reducing costs to create the first twenty-first-century government in the United States. After the review is completed, the commission members will submit their recommendations to the governor.
The ultimate goal of the CPR is to restructure, reorganize, and reform state government to make it more responsive to the needs of its citizens and business community.
David Davenport, a distinguished professor of public policy and law, is currently a research fellow at the Hoover Institution. Davenport served as Pepperdine University's chief executive for 15 years. He continues to teach courses in Pepperdine's School of Law and the university's School of Public Policy. He was the sixth president of Pepperdine, serving from 1985 to 2000. Before that, he held positions as professor of law, general counsel, and executive vice president of the university. Davenport was instrumental in the founding of Pepperdine's School of Public Policy, and the Davenport Institute within the school is named in his honor.
Davenport also has extensive involvement in various public programs. He is a director of the National Legal Center for the Public Interest in Washington, D.C., was director of the Los Angeles World Affairs Council, and is a founder of the National School Safety Center, a partnership of the U.S. Department of Education, the Department of Justice, and Pepperdine University. He was a member of the Council of Trustees of LEARN, the California Education Roundtable, the Los Angeles Area Chamber of Commerce Education Committee, and the Education Working Group. In addition he directed the California and Los Angeles Chambers of Commerce.