BLOOMFIELD, N.J. – President of Bloomfield College, Marcheta P. Evans, Ph.D., was recently voted to serve as ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey’s Presidential Sponsor effective February 19, 2021. ACE-NJ Presidential Sponsors serve as advisors and mentors to the Chair and Board members on program planning and implementation, and support and develop strategies that meet the specific needs of women within New Jersey higher education.
“I am pleased to serve in this important capacity to emphasize and support women in higher education leadership roles,” said Dr. Evans in accepting the nomination. “It took a village for me to reach my goal of serving as a college president, and I am eager to continue to pay it forward as a mentor to other women who seek advancement within higher education. It’s critical that women see other women who look like them succeeding in these roles.”
Evans became the first female and African American president of Bloomfield College on June 1, 2019, where she leads one of the most diverse liberal arts colleges in the nation and New Jersey’s only four-year Predominantly Black Institution (PBI) and Hispanic Serving Institution (HSI).
“We are so pleased and honored to have Dr. Evans serve as the Presidential Sponsor for New Jersey ACE Women’s Network. We look forward to fostering a strong partnership with her, as we strive together to provide excellent professional development opportunities during this time of incredible change within the field of higher education. Dr. Evans’ knowledge and breadth of experience will aid New Jersey ACE in expanding our strong foundation in women leader mentorship and her own personal career path will serve as a compass for New Jersey women in higher education to follow,” said Allyson Straker-Banks, Chair of the ACE Women’s Network-NJ Board of Directors.
Evans has served in transformational leadership roles in higher education at both public and private institutions, including more than 20 years at Minority Serving Institutions (MSIs) in the seventh largest city in the U.S., San Antonio, Texas. She is also a past President and Fellow of the American Counseling Association and past President of the Association for Creativity in Counseling. A small sampling of awards and recognitions includes the Outstanding Multicultural Leadership Award, Yellow Rose of Texas Lifetime Educator Award and Counselors for Social Justice Ohana Award. She has authored numerous articles and book chapters focusing on issues of diversity, multiculturalism, women’s issues and leadership.
Evans graduated from the University of Alabama with a Ph.D. in Counselor Education and Supervision, specializing in student affairs, administration in higher education and human resource management. She also earned an M.A. in Education in elementary education from the University of Alabama-Birmingham, an M.A. in rehabilitation counseling and a B.S. in psychology from the University of Alabama.
The mission of ACE Women’s Network–New Jersey is to bring women together to discuss important matters related to advancing and excelling in their careers. The organization is committed to fulfilling our mission by developing women’s leadership capacity in their teaching and administrative roles through innovative and visionary workshops and programs. It has a rich history of providing programming and various forms of support, through annual conferences, a commitment to individually mentoring women, and advocacy efforts to increase the profiles of women on our campuses. ACE Women’s Network-New Jersey has been providing professional and leadership development opportunities to women in higher education since 1978.