Bloomfield College President Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D., was the recipient of the “Excellence in Education Award” from the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce at its awards banquet held March 4, 2022 at The Chandelier, Belleville, New Jersey.
“I want to thank the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce for this recognition of my life’s work thus far. I am a teacher at heart and receiving this Excellence in Education Award is very meaningful to me,” said Evans. “I aim to always be a strong voice advocating for access to higher education for underserved student populations who dream of earning a college degree and achieving socioeconomic mobility for themselves, their families and the generations that will follow them.”
Evans has led Bloomfield College as president since June 1, 2019 when she became its 17th president. She has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education at both public and private institutions. Previously provost and vice president for academic affairs at Our Lady of the Lake University (OLLU), Evans sequentially served as vice president for academic affairs, dean at OLLU and associate dean and department chair at University of Texas at San Antonio. She has served as a faculty member for over 23 years and has the rank of full professor. She is a past president and fellow of the American Counseling Association, and past president of the Association for Creativity in Counseling.
Evans is the recipient of numerous awards and recognitions. A small sampling of these recognitions includes the NAACP President’s Award, NJ Legislative Black Caucus Foundation’s Black Excellence Award, the National Diversity Council’s Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Award, Yellow Rose of Texas Lifetime Educator Award, and the Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award.
“Dr. Evans is a highly engaging and respected, 30-plus year educator who has authored numerous articles and book chapters focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues and leadership. And, she has presented over one hundred times at state, regional, national and international levels,” said Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce Executive Administrator Donna M. Pietroiacovo. “The Chamber is thrilled to honor Dr. Evans for her many contributions as a college faculty, college administrator, counselor, and, of course, for her leadership as the first woman and African American president of Bloomfield College, located within our county.”
In addition to the Excellence in Education Award bestowed upon Evans, the Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce presented these additional awards at the event: Business of the Year Award, Dr. Sean Flynn, Step by Step Pediatrics, PC; Community Service Award, Bloomfield Animal Shelter; Support & Achievement Award, Mr. Patrick Colligan, 1st Cerebral Palsy of New Jersey.
The Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce comprises Bloomfield, Belleville and Glen Ridge. The volunteer organization is dedicated to supporting the civic, industrial, professional and social welfare of its members.
Photo (L to R): Josephine O’Brien, Past President, Suburban Essex Chamber of Commerce; Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D., President of Bloomfield College, and recipient of the Chamber’s Excellence in Education Award.