The Nebraska State College System Trustees have unanimously picked an East Coast educator as the next president of Peru State College.
Southern New Hampshire University Vice President for Academic Affairs and Chief Academic Officer Dr Michael Evans will succeed President Dan Hanson, whose last day will be June 30.
College System Chancellor Dr Paul Turman says the board conducted an extensive and comprehensive national search before concluding Evans personified the qualities they were looking for in the new president.
He describes Evans as someone who is “committed to supporting the whole student, values the community served by the College, recognizes the vital role of faculty and staff in achieving our mission, and understands the importance of partnerships in continuing to provide opportunities to our students.”
Evans, in turn, says he’s “truly honored to be given the opportunity to lead such an amazing institution in continuing to build a strong and prosperous future,” adding that Peru State “ is clearly a special place, and it will be a joy to work with the faculty, staff, students, alumni, and community members to ensure its success.”
Evans was Provost at Unity College in Maine before going to Southern New Hampshire, and a member of the School of Journalism at Indiana for 14 years, including a stint as interim Dean.
Evans is a graduate of the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard, earned a certificate in higher education diversity from Cornell, and completed a nonprofit leadership program at Northwestern.
His research explores expressions of culture by indigenous communities through mass media, with a Fulbright grant allowing him to conduct ethnographic fieldwork among the Inuit of the Canadian Arctic, Australian Aborigines, and Native American journalists in North America.