Kenneth Evans Biography
Dr. Kenneth Evans
Veteran educator Kenneth Evans took office July 1, 2013 as Lamar University’s 15th president bringing extensive experience in higher education administration to the position.
Evans holds bachelor’s degrees in English and political science from the University of California, Davis, a master’s in business administration from California State University, Sacramento, and a Ph.D. in marketing from the University of Colorado. He has conducted extensive research and authored more than 70 journal articles on interpersonal influence, sales management, services marketing, and marketing management and theory.
Evans’s teaching and research is extensive, but it is his leadership experience that provides a special fit with his role as president. Evans served since 2007 as dean of the Michael F. Price College of Business at the University of Oklahoma and held the Fred E. Brown chair. He previously served as associate dean of graduate studies, assistant dean of undergraduate studies and chair of the marketing department at the University of Missouri-Columbia. He has worked in a variety of research, teaching and administration positions at Arizona State University, the University of Colorado and California State University, Sacramento. Prior to his academic career, Evans worked as a consultant and marketing representative at several northern California companies.
Born in Pittsburg, Pa., Evans grew up in Chicago where he attended public schools through the fifth grade, when the family moved to California. He was the first in his immediate family to earn a college degree. Evans played basketball, golf and football at different points in high school and college and ran daily as part of an active lifestyle.
Ken and Nancy met while freshmen at University of California, Davis, and married after graduation. A career elementary school teacher, Nancy retired when the couple moved to Norman, Okla. The couple has two adult sons.