President Evans to address the Belmont County NAACP Chapter
WEST LIBERTY, W.Va., July 14, 2021 – President W. Franklin Evans will be the keynote speaker at the next Belmont County NAACP meeting on Thursday July 15th. A renowned speaker and frequent contributor to community events, Evans joined WLU as President on January 1, 2021.
The NAACP event will take place at the Bridgeport Rotary Shelter (located behind the administrative offices of Bridgeport Schools) and is open to the public. It starts at 6 p.m.
Jerry Moore II is the Belmont County Chapter President of the NAACP and is happy to have Evans back on the podium.
Evans was the keynote speaker last January for Martin Luther King Day for the Belmont County Chapter.
“He is a wonderful speaker and we look forward to welcoming him back to address our chapter,” said Moore. “He is very well educated and a brilliant speaker.
Any potential student or his or her families are welcome to attend and hear his speech and learn first-hand why he is in demand as a public speaker.
Evans has over 25 years of experience in higher education (9 years in K-12). He is the first black president in university history and came to WLU after successfully leading Voorhees College in South Carolina. Prior to his post at Voorhees, Evans served as Acting President of South Carolina State University, where he also served as president and academic director.
He was also Vice President of Academic Affairs at Virginia Union University in Richmond, where he was instrumental in leading the institution through a successful reaffirmation of accreditation and the establishment of an Honors College. .
Evans received a doctorate in higher education administration from Georgia State University in 1994. He also holds graduate degrees in science and education from Georgia State University and graduated from BA in Journalism and Biology / Entomology from the State of Georgia and the University of Georgia respectively) in 1984.
Voorhees College awarded him an honorary doctorate in January 2021 to recognize his achievements.
Born in Augusta, Georgia, he is active with the NAACP, Black Family Preservation Group, Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc., Sigma Pi Phi and Toastmasters International and has served on the boards of directors of the Sickle Cell Association, Boys and Girls Club, Kiwanis Club International, and AIDS Action Coalition. He is an ordained elder of the Church of God in Christ.
President Evans sits locally on the boards of the Ohio County Development Authority, the Partnership for Regional Economic Development (RED) and the Mountain East Conference (MEC).