BPA Faculty Honored at Emeriti Reception
Dr. Mark Evans was recently awarded Professor Emeritus. Over his illustrious career of more than 38 years at CSUB, Dr. Evans has demonstrated unparalleled commitment to the University and to the greater community. In addition to being the current chair of the Economics department, Dr. Evans has served the University as the Associate Dean of the School of Business and Public Administration (BPA), as well as the Interim Dean of the Extended University division. His service to CSUB also includes his membership on various committees at the department, school and university levels, as well as in the greater community. Dr. Evans epitomizes the contributions of an academic scholar that enhances the general well-being of an academic institution within the community as well as its impact on the region’s overall educational attainment, it’s quality of life and economic development.
Mark Evans was awarded the Ph.D. in Economics by University of New Mexico and joined CSUB’s Economics faculty in Fall 1978. His publications are in the areas of Regional Economics and Economics Education.
Dr. Evans’ administrative appointments at CSUB include: Economics Department Chair (1987-1996 and 2008-present); Director of Petroleum Land Studies/Environmental Resource Management (1991-2000); Interim Dean of the Extended University Division (2000-2005); Associate Dean of Business and Public Administration (2005-2012, including one year as Interim Dean); and Director of the Center for Economic Education and Research (1979-1993, 1996-1999). While serving as the administrator overseeing the Antelope Valley Center (2000-2004), the Center rapidly grew to over 700 full-time equivalent students and achieved recognition in the state’s higher education master plan as an official off-campus center.
Dr. Evans has been a curriculum leader at CSUB. He developed the B.S. in Petroleum Land Management program, which has evolved into the highly successful Environmental Resource Management degree program. He also developed the B.S. in Applied Studies, a degree completion program that bridges technical programs offered by community colleges to the baccalaureate. He developed the first two fully online degree programs offered by CSUB’s Extended University: the B.S. in Environmental Resource Management and the M.S. in Administration.
Evans has been a leading participant in building an applied regional economics research program at CSUB and frequently makes presentations on the local economy. When fully retired, he plans to continue working with CSUB’s regional economic studies program. Evans also played the lead role in bringing the U.S. Small Business Administration’s Small Business Development Center serving Kern, Inyo, and Mono counties to CSUB. Evans is past recipient of the El Paso Natural Gas Award for Excellence in Teaching and the CSU Bautzer Faculty Award for University Advancement.