The Sunflower County Mississippi Valley State University Alumni Association will present its Annual “Green and White Day” at 3:30 p.m. Sunday, May 5 at First United Baptist Church, Indianola.
The theme is “Staying Green and Preserving the Valley” and the speaker will be Elizabeth D. Evans, MVSU’s interim Vice President of Academic Affairs.
Evans is a 1975 graduate of Gentry High School. She earned a Bachelor of Science Degree in Mathematics from Mississippi Valley State University, where she was commissioned as a Distinguished Graduate of the Air Force Reserve Officer Training Corps (AFROTC) program (1979). She also earned a Master of Arts Degree in Public Management from the University of Houston-Clear Lake, Texas (Aug., 1986), and a Doctor of Philosophy Degree in Public Policy and Administration from Mississippi State University (Dec., 2012).
She is a 24-year veteran of the United States Air Force.
She spent the first 20 years of that time in the “Space Operations” career field where she dealt with satellites and their role in the defense of the United States of America.
She excelled at keeping track of earth-orbiting satellites (U.S. and foreign), monitoring and reporting missile launches against the North American continent, planning and monitoring U.S. Space Shuttle mission activities, writing policies and procedures for the operation of a worldwide network of satellite tracking stations, generating and validating user requirements for various satellite systems, developing and implementing wartime and contingency plans, and commanding various U.S. Air Force units.
The last four years of her active military service were spent as the Commander and Chair of the Department of Aerospace Studies, AFROTC, Detachment 434, MVSU, Itta Bena, which included leading the ROTC unit at Delta State University. She also completed the Air Force’s three-tier Professional Military Education program (Squadron Officer School, Air Command and Staff College, and Air War College), plus Academic Instructor School while serving in the USAF. She retired as a Lieutenant Colonel in November 2003.
She joined Mississippi Valley State University as a faculty member in the fall of 2003 where she served in the Social Sciences Department teaching undergraduate and graduate level courses, managing the Public Administration internship program, coordinating the Public Administration program, and as president of the MVSU Faculty Senate (Dec., 2013 to Aug., 2015).
Her primary interest is in student achievement.
She believes that teaching is more than the giving of information; it is working to ensure learning takes place.
In February, 2017, she was chosen as the Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs. In October, 2018, she was chosen and currently serves, as the Interim Vice President for Academic Affairs, also known as the Chief Academic Officer for the University.
She is the daughter of the late Charles and Elizabeth Evans Sr.
Most importantly, she is a child of the Most High God.
She is the mother of two children, Constance Caesar and Lawrence Caesar and one granddaughter, Caitlyn Caesar.
Proceeds from the “Green and White Day” fundraiser will be used to provide scholarships to deserving students who will attend “The Valley” and to support other local programs.