LU President Evans to withdraw from consideration for SIU chancellor

LU President Kenneth Evans at an event dedicating a bench to his wife, former LU First Lady, Nancy Evans. UP file photo

LU President Kenneth Evans has announced that he has withdrawn from consideration for the Southern Illinois University Carbondale chancellor position, on April 27.

“Evans was one of three finalists for the position prior to the COVID-19 pandemic,” Shelly Vitanza, LU director of public relations, said. “However, now because of the pandemic and challenges yet unknown to all institutions of higher learning, Evans has a desire to assure Lamar University moves successfully and safely forward.”

Evans has served as the 15th president of Lamar University since July 2013 and has overseen several campus renovations and regional disasters that have impacted the students, faculty and staff, such as Hurricane Harvey in 2017, Tropical Storm Imelda and the TPC plant explosion in 2019, as well as the ongoing pandemic that caused classes to move completely online throughout the summer of 2020.

The university is continuing to monitor the current situation with updates provided regularly on the Lamar University website.

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Olivia Malick, UP editor

Author: Olivia S. Malick

I'm currently a sophomore at Lamar University in Beaumont, TX pursuing a Bachelor's Degree in Journalism. I am the managing editor of The University Press which is the student-led, student-run newspaper of Lamar University. I have been a journalist for almost six years and it is my greatest passion in life. I love discovering the way the world works and showcasing the truth.

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