R. Scott Evans, vice president for Institutional Advancement at Lake Erie College who has helped raise $100 million over a 19-year development career, has been named vice president for University Advancement at Youngstown State University.
YSU President Cynthia E. Anderson said Evans was selected after a national search because of his vast experience and success in higher education fundraising in Northeast Ohio, particularly at Lake Erie College in Painesville, Ohio, and at the Northeastern Ohio Universities College of Medicine and Pharmacy in Rootstown, Ohio.
“Scott brings to YSU the knowledge and the hands-on fundraising background to help take our development and alumni activities to the next level,” Anderson said. “Building strong, lasting relationships with our donors and alumni is important to ensuring the future success of the university, and we look forward to Scott leading those efforts.”
As vice president for University Advancement at YSU, Evans will oversee the Office of University Development and the Office of Alumni and Events Management. Evans replaces George McCloud, who left the position in July 2010.
Evans will take the position effective July 23.
“I am excited to join the YSU family,” Evans said. “President Anderson has great vision, and I look forward to working with the faculty, staff, trustees, alumni and friends of the university to achieve our goals together.”
Evans, who earned a bachelor’s degree in management from Malone College and a master’s degree in accounting from Kent State University, became vice president for Institutional Advancement at Lake Erie College in 2006. He oversees fundraising, government relations, marketing, public relations and alumni relations. He helped raise $40 million in his six years at the college.
He previously was director of Development at NEOUCOM for eight years, where he also was associate director of the NEOUCOM Foundation. (NEOUCOM has since been renamed the Northeast Ohio Medical University.) At NEOUCOM Evans oversaw all annual, restricted and endowment fundraising campaigns and programs and all alumni relations programs. He began his career as director of Resource Development at the United Way of Central Stark County in Canton.
He is a graduate of the National Planned Giving Institute at the College of William and Mary and a past member of the board of the Membership Association of Fundraising Professionals’ North Central Ohio Chapter.
About Youngstown State University
Youngstown State University is a comprehensive emerging urban research university that offers over 14,000 students more than 135 undergraduate and graduate programs backed by a strong tradition of teaching, scholarship and public service. As a major educational and economic development resource in the region, YSU is known for its focus on academic research and creative programs that transform its students into successful professionals, scholars and leaders. Located in the heart of the Tech Belt between Cleveland and Pittsburgh, YSU provides opportunities for students to actively participate with accomplished faculty, often in one-on-one settings, on advanced research and creative collaborations. The beautiful 145-acre campus includes high-tech classrooms, state-of-the-art labs and performance facilities, a variety of on-campus housing options and recreational facilities among the best in the nation.