Keynote Speaker

Dr. Marcheta P. Evans

President, Bloomfield College
Bloomfield, New Jersey
Past President and Fellow of ACA

On June 1, Dr. Marcheta P. Evans officially became the 17th president of Bloomfield College. Dr. Evans is both the first woman and African American to lead the College in its 150-year history. She was unanimously selected by the College’s Board of Trustees after a nationwide search by Academic Search, an executive search firm dedicated to serving higher education institutions.
 
Dr. Evans has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education for twenty-seven years at both public and private institutions, with twenty-two of those years at Minority Serving Institutions (MSI’s) in the seventh largest city in the U.S., San Antonio, Texas. Bloomfield College holds the designations of a Predominately Black Institution (PBI) and a Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
 
Previously Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Dr. Evans sequentially served as Vice President for Academic Affairs, Dean at OLLU and Associate Dean and Department Chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has served as a faculty member for over 23 years and has the rank of Full Professor. Dr. Evans is a past President and Fellow of the American Counseling Association, past President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling, past Chair of the American Counseling Association Southern Region and is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. A small sampling of these recognitions includes the Black Excellence Award/NJ Black Legislative Caucus, HistoryMakers, Association for Creativity in Counseling Service Appreciation Award, Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Award, Yellow Rose of Texas Lifetime Educator Award, Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award and Texas Counselor Educator of the Year Award.
 
Dr. Evans has authored numerous articles and book chapters, focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues, and leadership. She has presented over one hundred times at the state, regional, national, and international levels addressing topics such as empowerment, multiculturalism, diversity, and leadership. She co-edited a Special Issue for the ACA flagship journal in counseling, Journal of Counseling and Development, which focuses on Men in Counseling and co-authored a book on the same topic. In her international work, Dr. Evans has traveled extensively, including a length of time in the African country of Malawi where she worked with educators and counselors on literacy initiatives sponsored by USAID.
 
Dr. Evans graduated from the University of Alabama with a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Counselor Education and Supervision, specializing in Student Affairs, Administration in Higher Education, and Human Resource Management. Additionally, she has a Master of Arts degree in Education in Elementary Education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, a Master of Arts degree in Rehabilitation Counseling, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from the University of Alabama.

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