Two New Deans Appointed at SC State University

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Dr. EvansDr. Frederick M. G. Evans was recently appointed as interim dean for the School of Graduate Studies at SC State University.  Evans has worked in the field of education for 26 years, published several articles, conducted research for a textbook entitled, “Educational Leadership: Beyond K-12,” and completed several grant projects.

Evans has presented and served as a facilitator in several South Carolina school districts, providing training to teachers and administrators on brain based research.  He has also presented his research at several national conferences to include the National Educational Association Annual Conference. His key research areas are leadership, ethics and school law. Evans has also provided expert witness consulting for a number of legal cases on matters such as school board policy, school discipline, higher education and K-12 American Disabilities Act compliance, personnel administration and public safety standards/school ethics.

Moreover, Evans has served as dean of Academic Affairs, dean of Education, dean of Student Affairs, academic administrator, assistant professor of History, director of Student Activities, director of Student Recruitment, director of Student Life and director of Alumni Affairs at various colleges and universities.

As a 26-year veteran in higher education administration and K-12 consultant, Evans currently serves on several boards throughout the state of S.C.  He received his Bachelor of Arts in social science/political science, Master of Education in secondary education/history, Doctor of Education in educational leadership, and post doctoral studies in curriculum and instruction, policy and school law. He recently served as an assistant professor of Educational Leadership in the Department of Educational Leadership, teaching doctoral and educational specialist level courses, and directing student research dissertations.  Prior to holding that position, Evans worked as an assistant to the associate vice president for Academic Affairs.




Dr. RolandDr. Harriet A. Roland was recently appointed as interim dean of the newly established Honors College.  Prior to assuming the role, Roland served as director of the Honors, International and National Student Exchange Programs, and tenured associate professor in the Department of English and Modern Languages at SC State. While a full-time faculty member, Roland earned the distinction of Teacher of the Year.  Prior to working in higher education, her career paths have included work as a certified high school English/Journalism teacher, a public information specialist for the S.C. Department of Education, and a reporter for The State newspaper in Columbia, S.C. and The Ann Arbor News in Ann Arbor, Mich.

A native of Orangeburg, S.C., Roland is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of SC State where she earned a bachelor’s degree in English education.  She also earned a master’s degree in journalism from the University of South Carolina, and a Ph.D. in mass communication theory from the University of Florida. 

Roland’s professional accomplishments include selection as a fellow for the Poynter Institute for Media Studies in St. Petersburg, Fl. and the American Press Institute and American Society of Newspaper Editors, both headquartered in Reston, Va.  She is also an alumna of the HERS Summer Institute for Women in Higher Education Administration at Bryn Mawr College in Bryn Mawr, Pa.  She will serve as president-elect of the National Association of African American Honors Programs for 2010-2011.

Roland’s other professional memberships have included the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication, the National Association of Black Journalists, the Golden Key International Honour Society, and various other scholarly societies.  Roland has presented at several professional conferences, including the International Conference on Violence in the Media at St John’s University in N.Y.  and the Annual Multidisciplinary Conference on the Scholarship and Creativity of African Americans at Towson State University in Towson, Md. 

“Dr. Roland and faculty representing every department on campus have spent several years developing a proposal for the Honors College,” said Dr. Joyce Blackwell, vice president for Academic Affairs.  “We are excited that we will actually implement the plans detailed in the proposal in fall 2010.  Dr. Roland played a key role in helping to turn a concept into reality.  We also recognize the significant role the Honors College will play in the recruitment of students.”