Cheryl Evans, Ed.D. Bio
Dr. Cheryl Evans became the President of Northern Oklahoma College in 2011. NOC is a public community college with locations in Tonkawa, Stillwater, and Enid serving nearly 5,000 students. NOC has been ranked nationally three different independent studies by SmartAssets as #3 best value and outcomes, WalletHub as #16 in the nation for quality, affordability, and equity in student outcomes, along with the Aspen Institute in Washington DC as being in the top 15 percent of community colleges in the country in recent years.
Prior to her position at NOC, Evans served seventeen years at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. For ten years she taught media courses and chaired the communication department on the Alva campus. For the next seven years Evans led the University’s Enid Campus. While at Northwestern, she served as self-study chair for the institution’s 2004 accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality for the commission since that time.
She was raised in Cherokee, Oklahoma and completed her B.A. in Mass Communications at Northwestern. She finished her M.A. in Communication at Wichita State University and her Ed.D. at Oklahoma State University. While at Northwestern Evans was recognized with the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award in 2004 and selected by the Student Government Association as the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year in 2000.
Evans is an active community member having served as the Enid Chamber of
Commerce Chair for the 2010-11 year. She is presently an ex-officio member of the Tonkawa and
Ponca City Chamber of Commerce boards. In addition, Evans is past chair of the Community Development Support Association Board and served on the Integris Bass Health Center Board and chaired the United Way campaign drive in Enid. Evans is an ex-officio member of the Ponca City University Center Advisory Board and is appointed by the Governor to the Oklahoma Historical Society Board. In addition she is a member of the Oklahoma Foundation for Excellence board and a member of the Oklahoma Academy.
Evans’ honors include Leadership Oklahoma Class XXI, past LOK board member, and served as a past program chair for Youth Leadership Oklahoma. She is a graduate of Leadership Tonkawa, Leadership Ponca City, and Leadership Greater Enid. She completed Harvard University’s Middle Management Program and Oklahoma’s Educators’ Leadership Academy. She has been recognized as one of the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year “50 Making a Difference” honorees and was inducted into their “Circle of Excellence.” She was selected as a member the charter class of the American Council on Education (ACE) Institute for New Presidents in 2012.
Evans currently serves as immediate past chair of the OSRHE Council of Presidents whose members include the Presidents of all 25 Oklahoma public higher education institutions and is also past chair for the Council of Oklahoma Community College Presidents 14 member group.
Cheryl and her husband Tom enjoy traveling, serving in their church, spending time with family, and photographing wildlife on their rural land near the Salt Plains refuge in Alfalfa County. Tom is CEO and owner of Encompass Financial Services Inc. They have two daughters, Cara Evans who is the self-employment coordinator supporting entrepreneurs at Autry Technology in Enid. Their youngest daughter Christa Evans Rogers, JD, is an attorney in Tulsa.