SC State University’s Chief Academic Officer Named Acting President

Friday, May 31, 2013


Today, SC State University’s Board of Trustees named Dr. W. Franklin Evans, chief academic officer of the only public historically black university in the state of South Carolina as acting president. Evans will serve as acting president from May 31, 2013 through June 15, 2013. Evans was extremely honored when he heard the news. “I really am excited and grateful that the Board of Trustees thought enough of my abilities and leadership that they would ask me to serve in this capacity for this temporary period of time,” says Evans. “I am honored and somewhat flattered, but humbled to say the least,” he exclaims.


While serving in the capacity of acting president, he will assure that the day to day operations of the university are carried out in a presidential manner and solve any problems that may arise until president- elect Thomas J. Elzey takes the helm.


Currently, Evans serves as the chief academic officer at SC State University, where he provides the vision and direction for academic excellence for faculty and students. As chief academic officer, he guides the strategic planning and budgeting processes of the academic affairs division; supervises the associate vice presidents, deans, directors, and department chairpersons who manage the academic units and programs. He also oversees the accreditation practices and processes. His duties also include assisting in formulating retention, enrollment management plans and enhancing the academic and instructional quality of the university.


Prior to working at SC State University, Evans served as the vice president for Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University located in Richmond, Va., where he was responsible for maintaining the overall excellence of the university’s academic life and programs. As vice president for Academic Affairs, he monitored matters relating to curriculum and instruction; provided administrative leadership for the four undergraduate schools of the institution; managed faculty and academic staff recruitment, hiring, evaluation, and development. He also participated in the strategic planning processes of the university; guided academic research and outreach programs of the division; and provided support for external grant funding.


Evans is a life member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. He is also a member of the Phi Mu Alpha Music Sinfonia Fraternity and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP).


His hobbies include traveling, playing tennis, singing and gourmet cooking.