MISSOULA – The Montana Association of Students recently awarded Roberta Evans, dean of the University of Montana's Phyllis J. Washington College of Education and Human Sciences, the 2014-15 Administrator of the Year award.
Each year this distinguished award is bestowed upon an administrator within the Montana University System who has exhibited a history of excellence in leadership and demonstrated a quality, long-term impact on students.
Recipients of this award must be nominated by students and colleagues.
Through her work as interim chancellor at the University of Montana Western in Dillon, as well as her continued high-caliber leadership of the PJW College of Education and Human Sciences, Evans exemplifies the student-focused, quality administrator that the Montana University System strives to recognize.
Each year, the award is presented to the chosen administrator at a meeting of the Montana Board of Regents. This year, Asa Hohman, president of the Associated Students of UM, presented the award to Evans at the May 22 Board of Regents meeting in Kalispell. A recording of this meeting is online at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4cW3y_nRdgY.
“She went out of her way to engage with the students of Montana Western, even though she was just serving in an interim role there,” Hohman said. “The students on that campus truly fell in love with her and her passion for education. With Dean Evans you know that she is in academia for the students, for the teaching. She is very selfless.”
“I am not at all surprised to see Dean Evans receive this award from the students,” said UM President Royce Engstrom. “Everything she does is with students in mind.
“Her work on the Missoula campus as dean, at UMW last fall as interim chancellor and around the state promoting education at all levels is simply outstanding,” he said. “She has more focused energy than just about anybody I know. I am so proud of her.”
To learn more about Evans’ leadership and the things happening within the College of Education and Human Sciences, visit http://www.coehs.umt.edu/.