Voorhees president recognized as a Top HBCU leader of 2020


Voorhees president recognized as a Top HBCU leader of 2020

January 07, 2020

Dr. W. Franklin Evans, Voorhees College ninth president, and CEO was recently named one of the Ten Most Dominant Historically Black Colleges and Universities (HBCU) Leaders of 2020 according to the HBCU Campaign Fund (HCF). 

The HCF compiled a list of ten chancellors and presidents that currently serve an HBCU or Minority-Serving Institution (MSI) who is a dominant and influential leader that presently displays the following responsibilities in the progress of moving their institutions forward. 

The HCF is a non-profit that was founded through the vision and as the brainchild of Demetrius Johnson, Jr., that is nation-wide and serves on its mission to supporting the significance and campaign to raise funds for student scholarships and services at HBCUs and Predominantly Black Institutions (PBI). 

Evans has been instrumental in the brainstorming, planning, and implementing of several successes the institution has achieved since his presidency began in 2016. 

Currently, Voorhees has obtained a successful Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) fifth-year review, two thriving off-campus instructional sites located in Augusta, Ga., and Charleston, S.C., academic mentoring and coaching program, new certificate programs, increased international student enrollment, and increased Fall student enrollment and retention, to name a few. 

Evans said his leadership flourishes because of the efforts of the qualified and dedicated faculty and staff. “We collaborate well, and with the talent, passion, and diligence by each employee, we continue to develop Voorhees into a premier liberal arts institution,” Evans said. 

He added, “Our focus is to demonstrate elite academic excellence and distinction, facilitate student success, ensure institutional efficiency and effectiveness, and strengthen resource development. 

Evans earned a doctoral degree in higher education administration from Georgia State University. He earned a degree in journalism, middle childhood education, curriculum, and instruction, as well as administration and supervision from Georgia State University. He earned a bachelor’s degree in entomology from the University of Georgia. 

For more information, contact the Office of Communications, at 803-780-1191 or at communications@voorhees.edu. 

President W. Franklin Evans