Southern Vermont College President David Rees Evans, Ph.D.

January 1, 2015

David Rees Evans, Ph.D., is now serving as the ninth President of Southern Vermont College (SVC).

SVC trustee and chair of the Presidential Search Committee Ira Wagner ’83, said that Evans was selected from a promising field of more than one hundred candidates who applied for the position over the past five months. “Dr. Evans embodied the unique and well-rounded skill set for the position, as well as the personal qualities, experience and passion for education aligned with SVC’s mission,” Wagner said. SVC Board Chair Deborah Wiley thanked the school community and trustees for a search well done. “The College is at an exciting juncture of stability and growth,” Wiley said. “With the community’s valued feedback, we’ve found an inspirational leader in David Evans to continue the trajectory.”

Before coming to SVC, Evans was Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Buena Vista University. Previously, he was Dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University and before that Chair of the Department of English, Speech and Journalism at Georgia College & State University.

A native of Los Angeles, Evans holds a B.A. from Pomona College and an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, all in English. He has published on various aspects of Early Modern English literature and culture, particularly travel literature and aristocratic and genteel identity. More recently, he has spoken nationally and internationally and written extensively on professional issues including faculty hiring, careers, training for administrators, and the future of small private colleges in “The Chronicle of Higher Education” and other publications. He is also a regular presenter and facilitator for programs sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges.

“I am excited and honored to be part of this community,” he said. “I am deeply impressed by the commitment and enthusiasm of the students, faculty and staff. I very much value the College’s mission of empowering students, both personally and professionally, and I look forward to working with everyone at SVC to advance the College and build on the great progress of the past years.”

Evans started his academic career at Cornell College in Mt. Vernon, Iowa, where he was on the English faculty. As an administrator, he has considerable experience in academic program development, study abroad, and collaboration between academic and student affairs. He also has extensive teaching experience in various areas of British literature. Evans is married to Ursula McCarty, an artist who has shown her work nationally and internationally and has taught a wide range of studio art, art history, women’s studies, and interdisciplinary courses at several universities and colleges. Evans and McCarty are passionate collectors of New Mexican Hispanic devotional art, Turkish textiles and ceramics, other traditional and folk art forms, as well as stray dogs and cats.