David R. Evans has served as President of Southern Vermont College since January 2015. Prior to coming to SVC, Evans had served as the Vice President for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculty at Buena Vista University since 2008. Previously, he was Dean of the Petree College of Arts and Sciences at Oklahoma City University (2005-2008), Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English, Speech and Journalism at Georgia College & State University (2000-2005), and a member of the faculty (1990-2000) and chair of the Department of English (1996-2000) at Cornell College. A native of Los Angeles, Evans earned a B.A. from Pomona College and holds an M.A. and Ph.D. from the University of Virginia, all in English.
President Evans was recently elected as a board member for The National Association of Independent Colleges and Universities (NAICU) to represent the Northeast region for a three-year term starting in February, 2017, serving on the Policy Analysis and Public Relations committee. He has spoken nationally and internationally and written extensively on professional issues including faculty hiring and careers, training for administrators, and the future of small private colleges in The Chronicle of Higher Education and elsewhere. He is a regular presenter, facilitator, and session leader for programs sponsored by the Council of Independent Colleges. Evans has also published on various aspects of Early Modern English literature and culture, particularly travel literature and aristocratic and genteel identity.
President Evans is active on the Board of the Bennington Chamber of Commerce, currently serving as First Vice President, and will be president in calendar 2018. He served as board president of the Vermont Higher Education Council from July, 2016 through June, 2017. He also currently serves at the New England Collegiate Conference representative to the NCAA Division III Presidents Advisory Group. He is extensively involved in a large project to revitalize downtown Bennington as a member of the Bennington Redevelopment Group.
He enjoys travel, golf, gardening and leisure and professional reading. David and his wife, Ursula McCarty, are passionate collectors of New Mexico Hispanic devotional art, Turkish textiles and ceramics, other traditional and folk art forms, and stray dogs and cats.
Evans’s formal installation to the Southern Vermont College presidency was in December of 2015. To read more about the Inauguration of President Evans, click here.
- PhD, English, University of Virginia
- MA, English, University of Virginia
- BA, English, Pomona College
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