While a professor at Iowa State University, Nancy Evans was elected the sixty-second president of ACPA. She first learned about ACPA her doctoral advisor, Dick Caple, and became involved through his mentorship. Her first involvement was with the Commission on Professional Preparation since she aspired to be a faculty member. Evans held a number of positions on the Directorate of the Commission and her first major ACPA office was as chair of the Commission (1986-88). She was also involved in several ad hoc committees related to preparation standards and retention of student affairs professionals. Further, she has served on the JCSD Editorial Board for several terms starting in 1987. Evans has attended all but two Annual Conventions since 1979 and has presented at least one program at most of them. She was a featured speaker for the Scholar’s Studio at the ACPA Metro DC 2009 Annual Convention.
Evans has been involved in ACPA since 1972. In addition to her involvement with the Commission for Professional Preparation, she has also served the Commission on Assessment and Evaluation and the Commission for Housing and Residential Life through the 1985-1986 Task Force on Assessment and Evaluation in Residence Life. Further, Evans served as the Senior Trainer and Evaluation Coordinator for the Beyond Tolerance Roadshow from 1993-1995, was a Senior Scholar from 1998-2004, and coordinated the Emerging Scholars Program from 1999-2000. Additionally, Evans was on the Executive Director search committee in 2003.
The successful Long Beach convention is described by Evans as the “major accomplishment” of her presidency. There was a great deal of apprehension about holding a west coast convention since ACPA’s membership is traditionally not as strong in that part of the country. Under the direction of Vernon Wall, who served as convention chair, and an outstanding team made up of many west coast student affairs professionals, they planned and executed what many refer to as the best convention in terms of quality of program in recent memory and the attendance was above projections. Other activities during Evans’ presidency included the development of a new strategic plan that solidified the direction of the association for many years. Additionally, she also initiated important discussions on the role of research and scholarship in the association through the work of a task force headed by Heidi Levine. A significant issue that was faced at that time was clarifying the role of the National Office vis-à-vis the elected officers and finding ways to provide greater service to the membership, given financial and personnel constraints the association was facing.
Evans has continued to be involved in ACPA in a number of ways, most significantly as Editor of ACPA Books and Media for three years and as a member of the convention planning team and co-chair of the Next Generation conference at the 2009 convention. She also helped to plan and conduct a national seminar in 2008 on developing social justice allies and was a featured speaker at a national seminar on disability and student development in 2006. She served as an ACPA representative to the ACPA/NASPA task force that wrote the statement, Learning Reconsidered: An Action Agenda (2002-2004). At Iowa State, she has been instrumental in the development of a Higher Education doctoral concentration in Social Justice. Evans has continued to be an active scholar, publishing a number of books and articles, including a second edition of Student Development in College, which was published early in 2010.