Evans became acting president of the 180-year-old liberal arts university in August of 2006 upon the death of Dennis Spellmann, who had served as Lindenwood′s president since 1990. Evans has worked at Lindenwood for 32 years, first as a psychology professor and dean of social sciences. He was later appointed dean of sciences, dean of faculty and provost.
In addition to his bachelor′s degree in psychology from Geneva, Evans also holds a doctorate in research psychology and a master′s degree in psychology from Iowa State University.
Geneva′s tradition of servant-leadership in higher education is exemplified by the college presidents among its alumni ranks. These include: Dr. Fredric B. Irvin, Newberry College in Newberry, S.C.; Dr. Charles Fuget, Indiana University of Pennsylvania in Indiana, Pa.; Dr. Harry J. Hartley, University of Connecticut in Storrs, Conn.; Dr. Henry P. Kirk, Centralia College in Centralia, Wash.; Dr. John H. "Jack" White, Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.; Dr. Richard Eakin, East Carolina University in Greenville, N.C.; Dr. Kenneth A. Smith, Geneva College in Beaver Falls, Pa.; and now Dr. James Evans, Lindenwood University in St. Charles, Mo.
Geneva College, a reformed Christian liberal arts school funded in 1848, prepares students to serve Christ in all areas of society: work, family and the church. Geneva is a founding member of the Council of Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU).
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