Dr. W. Franklin Evans, Ph.D.
Dr. W. Franklin Evans was named interim president of SC State University by the Board of Trustees on July 16, 2015. Before assuming leadership of the university, Evans served as interim provost and previously as vice president for Academic Affairs.
Evans, who was born in Augusta, Georgia, attended public school in the Jefferson County School System. He matriculated at the University of Georgia and Georgia State University earning six degrees in areas ranging from entomology to journalism, middle childhood science to curriculum and instruction, and administration and supervision to higher education administration.
His professional career has included working as a medical entomologist, news reporter, flight attendant, science educator, administrator for middle and high schools, university professor, director, and college dean.
Evans has worked as an adjunct professor at Alabama Agricultural and Mechanical University, Tennessee State University, Vanderbilt University and Athens State University. Prior to moving to Orangeburg, S.C., he was employed as vice president for Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University.
Evans has held membership is various organizations such as the NAACP, Black Family Preservation Group, Inc., National Association of Black School Educators, Partnership for a Drug-free Community, Phi Mu Alpha Sinfonia, Toastmasters International and Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Incorporated. He has served on the advisory boards of organizations such as the Sickle Cell Association, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Clubs International and the AIDS Action Coalition. Always striving to be a servant leader, he is an active minister with the Church of God in Christ International.
He spends his leisurely time traveling, playing tennis, cooking, reading and singing.