Cheryl Evans, Ed.D. Bio
On June 1, 2011 Dr. Cheryl Evans became the President of Northern Oklahoma College, a public community college with campuses in Tonkawa, Stillwater, and Enid serving over 5,000 students. Prior to her position at NOC, Evans served seventeen years at Northwestern Oklahoma State University. For ten years she taught media courses and chaired the communication department on the Alva campus.
For the next seven years Evans led the University’s Enid Campus. While at Northwestern, she served as self-study chair for the institution’s 2004 accreditation visit from the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association. She has served as a peer reviewer for the Program to Evaluate and Advance Quality for the commission since that time.
She was raised in Cherokee, Oklahoma and completed her B.A. in Mass Communications at Northwestern. She finished her M.A. in Communication at Wichita State University and her Ed.D. at Oklahoma State University. While at Northwestern Evans was recognized with the John Barton Distinguished Teaching and Service Award in 2004 and selected by the Student Government Association as the John Sheffield Teacher of the Year in 2000.
Evans is an active community member having served as the Enid Chamber of Commerce Chair for the 2010-11 year. She is presently an ex-officio member of the Tonkawa and Ponca City Chamber of Commerce boards. In addition, Evans volunteers with the Cherokee Strip Regional Heritage Center Board, Community Development Support Association Board, and the Integris Bass Health Center Board. Evans is a member of the Ponca City University Center Advisory Board and appointed by the Governor to the Oklahoma Historical Society Board.
Evans’ honors include Leadership Oklahoma Class XXI and serving as a past program chair for Youth Leadership Oklahoma. She is a member of Leadership Ponca City Class 2012 and a graduate of Leadership Greater Enid 2004. She completed Harvard University’s Middle Management Program and Oklahoma’s Educators’ Leadership Academy. She was recognized as one of the Journal Record’s Woman of the Year “50 Making a Difference” honoree in 2011 and 2012. She was selected as a member the American Council on Education (ACE) Institute for New Presidents 2012 class.
Cheryl and her husband Tom enjoy traveling, serving in their church and spending time with family at their Alfalfa County recreational land. Tom is CEO and owner of Encompass Financial Services Inc. They have two daughters, Cara Carson, deal flow manager at Private Partners Opportunity Fund and her husband Scott Carson of Garber, Oklahoma and their youngest daughter Christa Evans, JD, who is an investor relations professional at Continental Resources in Oklahoma City.