Cheryl Evans, Ed.D. Bio
Dr. Cheryl Evans is in her fourth year serving as the President of Northern Oklahoma College, a public community college with campuses in Tonkawa, Stillwater, and Enid serving over 5,000 students. NOC is nationally recognized by the Aspen Institute in Washington DC as being in the top 10 percent of community colleges in the country. 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 immediate past chair of the Community Development Support Association Board and has 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.
Evans’ honors include Leadership Oklahoma Class XXI, current LOK board member, and serving 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 this year 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.
Evans currently serves as vice-chair of the OSRHE Council of Presidents whose members include the Presidents of all 25 Oklahoma public higher education institutions and also is chairing the Council of Oklahoma Community College Presidents group.
Cheryl and her husband Tom enjoy traveling, serving in their church and 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 Carson, small business counselor at Autry Technology in Enid and her husband Scott Carson, a musician. They own a Stillwater bed and breakfast. Their youngest daughter Christa Evans, JD, is an investor relations professional at Continental Resources in Oklahoma City.