A former Library of Congress administrator is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Alumna Award from West Virginia Universitys Department of Political Science.

Nancy Davenport will accept her award at the departments graduation ceremonies Sunday, May 15.

A native of Morgantown, Davenport graduated from WVU in 1969 with a double major in political science and economics. She earned a masters degree in library science from the University of Pittsburgh.

She then embarked on a career at the Library of Congress that spanned three decades. Among her more challenging assignments at the nations most prominent repository, were serving as chief of rare books, special collections, and prints and photographs from 1996-98 and director of acquisitions from 1998-2004.

She also served on the Congressional Task Force that provided training for parliamentary members and their staffs from the emerging democracies of Eastern Europe.

Davenport presently serves as president of the Council on Library and Information Resources and is a member of the American Library Association executive board.

For more information, contact Allan Hammock, chairman of the Department of Political Science, at 304-293-3811.