Bloomfield College installs first African-American president

Cyril Josh Barker | 6/6/2019, 12:06 p.m.
Dr. Marcheta P. Evans is Bloomfield College’s 17th president succeeding Richard A. Levao. Evans is also making history as she ...
Dr. Marcheta Evans Bloomfield College photo

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans is Bloomfield College’s 17th president succeeding Richard A. Levao. Evans is also making history as she is the first woman and African-American to lead the college in its 150-year history.

Evans was unanimously selected by the College’s Board of Trustees after a nationwide search by Academic Search. With a career in higher education that spans 25 years, she’s worked at public and private institutions, with 20 of those years in San Antonio, Texas.

“I am so humbled and honored to be selected as the 17th president of Bloomfield College. 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,” said Evans.

Currently the provost and vice president for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University, Evans sequentially served as vice president for Academic Affairs, dean at OLLU, and associate dean and department chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has served as a faculty member for over 23 years and has the rank of full professor. Evans is a past president and fellow of the American Counseling Association, past president of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, and she is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions.

“Dr. Evans’ tenure at her previous institutions has been nothing short of transformative,” said William H. Turner, chairman of the Board. “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.”

Some of Evans’ career highlights include optimization of class sizes, which resulted in over $300,000 in revenue and cost-saving strategies; development of academic centers to enhance student success, which saw freshman retention rates rise from 56.2 percent to 68.2 percent; and the modification of the advising model through collaborative advising, cohort scheduling, student success initiatives, and strengths-based peer mentor/teaching that resulted in a 23 percent increase in first-year students who earned a 3.0 GPA or higher.

“My heart is overflowing with this blessing and privilege,” she said. “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. We will become a national leader and role model for inclusive excellence.”