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President David Rees Evans, Ph.D.


David R. Evans has served as President of Southern Vermont College since January 2015. Prior to coming to SVC, Evans 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 received 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. 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. 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 formal installment to Southern Vermont College 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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