Jan. 10, 2017
Announcement of New Dean for the College of Science
Dear Campus Community,
I am pleased to announce the appointment of the new Dean for the College of Science, Dr. David Evans. Dr. Evans is currently a professor of geophysics at Sacramento State and the interim Director of International Programs and Global Engagement. He also served as chair of the Department of Geology at Sacramento State for nine years.
During academic year 2012-2013 Dr. Evans held a prestigious fellowship with the American Council on Education (ACE) in which his work focused on the elements that create exceptional student experiences. During his fellowship he met with senior leadership at colleges and universities across the country and worked closely with the leadership at the University of Nevada, Reno. He also wrote a successful grant to the W.M. Keck Foundation for $400,000 to support hydrogeology field studies at Sacramento State. While his academic training is in geophysics, Dr. Evans has published research on earthquake seismology, hydrogeology and applied mathematics.
Dr. Evans earned his bachelor's degree, master's degree, and Ph.D. in Geophysics from University of California, Berkeley, University of Kansas, and Louisiana State University respectively.
About his appointment to a leadership position at Stanislaus State Dr. Evans said, "As I visited other universities it became clear that I want to be at a university that provides life-changing upward mobility to its students. That is why I am so excited to be joining Stanislaus State. I am very proud to be joining a science college in which the faculty and staff are so profoundly committed to their students."
Chair of the search committee, Dean Oddmund Mhyre said about Dr. Evans, "The Science Dean Search Committee evaluated more than 40 applicants for the position. Dr. David Evans stood out as an experienced leader who has deep knowledge of the CSU and its people, processes and policies."
Finally, I would like to extend my sincere gratitude to Dr. Mark Grobner who graciously served as interim Dean for the last 18 months. He has been a steadfast leader for the college and we thank him for his outstanding service.