May 31, 2019 – As the academic year winds down, a number of universities across the country are looking to install new leaders. Following a nationwide search, education-focused executive recruiter Academic Search has recruited Marcheta P. Evans as the new president of Bloomfield College in New Jersey.
Dr. Evans will be both the first woman and African-American to lead the college in its 150-year history. Dr. Evan will succeed Richard A. Levao, who is retiring after leading the school the last 16 years.
“The Bloomfield College community is extremely pleased to have Dr. Evans assume the leadership of this wonderful institution in its 150th year,” said Mr. Levao. “Her experience, dedication to our college’s mission, as well as her personal warmth, energy, and compassion bodes well for the future of this college that so many of us love so well.”
Dr. Evans has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education for 25 years at both public and private institutions, with 20 of those years at minority serving institutions (MSIs) in San Antonio, TX. Dr. Evans is currently provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU). She was previously vice president for academic affairs and dean of the School of Professional Studies and the Worden School of Social Service at OLLU as well as associate dean and department chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. In addition, she has served as a faculty member for over 23 years and has the rank of full professor. Dr. Evans is a past president and fellow of the American Counseling Association and past president of the Association for Creativity in Counseling.
“Dr. Evans’ tenure at her previous institutions has been nothing short of transformative,” said William H. Turner, chairman of the board at Bloomfield College. “Her leadership qualities represent the academic and mission-based values of Bloomfield College, and we are delighted to welcome her to our community and campus.”
“I am so humbled and honored to be selected as the 17th president of Bloomfield College,” said Dr. Evans. “This is truly the fulfillment of a dream that was inspired by my grandparents as they raised me as a child during the civil rights movement of the 1960s.”
“My heart is overflowing with this blessing and privilege. You will not find anyone more dedicated to the mission, vision, and goals of Bloomfield College as we move this great college forward with our commitment for diverse students to have access to an affordable education,” she said. “We will become a national leader and role model for inclusive excellence.”
Recruitment of Academia Presidents Rising
Reduced state funding, rising tuition costs, soaring student debt and decreased federal research funding have all contributed to a dramatic rise in the role search firms are playing in the recruitment of university presidents and chancellors.
Located in Bloomfield, NJ, Bloomfield College offers primarily undergraduate studies, but it has recently added master’s programs in accounting, fine arts and education. It was founded by the Presbyterian Church in 1868 as German Theological Seminary of Newark, NJ, to train German-speaking ministers. It moved to Bloomfield in 1872 and became four-year college in 1923.
For over three decades, Academic Search has been a leader in designing and implementing search processes for leaders of colleges and universities across the country. The firm has completed hundreds of executive searches for higher education institutions and related organizations, for roles ranging from presidents to provosts to deans.
Academic Search is currently conducting, or has completed, senior assignments for Walsh University, University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, University of Central Missouri, Fort Hays State University and SUNY Empire State College, among others.
Contributed by Scott A. Scanlon, Editor-in-Chief; Dale M. Zupsansky, Managing Editor; Stephen Sawicki, Managing Editor; and Andrew W. Mitchell, Managing Editor – Hunt Scanlon Media