Meet the Dean

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Sharron Evans, J.D., private practice attorney, and higher education consultant, and former vice president for student affairs and dean of students at Roosevelt University, Chicago, Illinois, has been named associate vice president and dean of students, effective May 18, 2020.

Evans has experience working in student development, organizational management, diversity and inclusion, assessment, compliance, and crisis intervention and management. While at Roosevelt University, she supervised the areas of: Dean of Students Office; Counseling Center; Office of Student Rights & Responsibilities; Residence Life; Academic Success Center; Multicultural Student Support Services; Office of Title IX Compliance; and the Center for Student Involvement. During this time, she provided counsel to the President on a variety of issues, including diversity and inclusion, student crises, and student demonstrations, as well as managing the division through difficult financial times.

Evans holds a bachelor's degree (1993) in criminal justice sciences, with a minor in psychology and master's degree (1997) in education from Illinois State University, Normal, Illinois, and a juris doctor (2013), from University of Illinois at Chicago John Marshall Law School, Chicago, Illinois.

"First and foremost, I would like to say "thank you" to the search committee, and all members of the ISU community who were able to participate in the search process”, said Evans. “Not far into the search, it became apparent to me that Iowa State felt like home. Thus, it is an absolute honor to join the Cyclone community and to serve colleagues and students across the campus. I am so excited about becoming a part of the rich ISU legacy, which includes an exceptional student body, faculty, staff, and Division of Student Affairs."

Evans will report to the office of the senior vice president for student affairs. She will lead the following units under the dean of students office: Academic Success Center; Center for LGBTQIA+ Student Success; Hixson Opportunity Awards; International Students and Scholars Office; Margaret Sloss Center for Women and Gender Equity; Office of Multicultural Student Affairs; National Student Exchange; Parent and Family Programs; Office of Sorority and Fraternity Engagement; Student Accessibility Services; Office of Student Assistance; Office of Student Conduct; Student Legal Services; Student Support Services (TRIO); Veterans Center; and Writing and Media Center.

"Sharron has held key positions in higher education, giving her a wealth of experience. She exudes a commitment to supporting students and is excited about working at Iowa State University", said Senior Vice President for Student Affairs Martino Harmon. "Her education, experiences, and ability to build relationships make her an outstanding choice to serve as our associate vice president and dean of students."