Frances I. Davenport, who was the chief administrator during 1906-07, was the first and only woman to be principal of the normal school. She was exceptionally well prepared for her work, a graduate of Columbia University, with a B.S. degree, and had done graduate work at both Clark and Powell. Prior to coming to Concord, she had been the popular and successful director of teacher training at Fairmont State Normal School.

In keeping with her training and experience, she worked to improve teacher training. She helped perfect the "Model School" and also introduced a regular course in foreign languages. She was a fine teacher, a splendid disciplinarian and a scholar.