Donnie W. Evans, Ed. D., State District Superintendent
The eldest son of tobacco farmers, Dr. Donnie Evans was born and reared in Brunswick County North Carolina. Inspired by his parents and teachers, he did well in school and earned scholarships to attend several colleges and universities in North Carolina. As a result, he attended North Carolina Central University (NCCU) in Durham, NC and earned a Bachelors of Science in Mathematics with a minor in Education. He later earned a Masters of Arts in Educational Administration and Supervision at NCCU. In 1982, he was accepted into the doctoral program at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and in 1985 he was awarded an Ed.D. in Educational Administration & Supervision with a cognate in Special Education Administration.
As an educator, Dr. Evans has served at every professional level between and including classroom teacher and Superintendent. In May 2009, the New Jersey Commissioner of Education appointed him to the position of State District Superintendent for the Paterson Public School District. In this capacity, he serves as the Chief School Officer for the district of 30,000 students and 5,000 employees. Prior to joining the Paterson district, he served three years as Superintendent of the Providence Public School District in Providence, Rhode Island, an urban district of 24,000 students.
Before moving to the Northeast, Dr. Evans’ service includes positions in Tampa, Florida and Durham North Carolina. In Tampa, he served twelve years in various capacities in the 190,000 student Hillsborough County Public School System including Deputy Superintendent/Chief District Academic Officer, Assistant Superintendent for Curriculum and Instruction, Assistant Superintendent for Supportive Services, Director of District Reform, and Supervisor of Exceptional Student Education Collaborative Programming.
Before joining the Hillsborough County School District, Dr. Evans held joint appointments as Associate Professor in the University of South Florida’s (Tampa) Department of Educational Leadership and Department of Special Education for three and one-half years. While at the University, he created and managed a statewide Leadership Development Institute for Principals and Special Education Administrators and a doctoral program in special education administration.
In North Carolina, Dr. Evans served eighteen years in the Durham County Public School System. Positions held included Director of Programs for Exceptional Children, Junior High School Principal, Assistant Principal, and teacher of mathematics.
During his career, Dr. Evans has authored or co-authored one book and a dozen articles, book chapters, and other publications on school reform and restructuring special education. Dr. Evans believes that the most important business of any community is the education of its youth. The future of our communities, the future of our states, and the future of our nation is dependent on how well we perform this most important function. He also believes that all children can learn at high levels and that it is the job of educators to create environments in our schools to facilitate maximum student learning.
Dr. Evans is married to Dr. Charlene Staley Evans, a Manager with New Jersey Department of Education. The two reside in Paterson.
Dr. Evans' Belief Statement
The most important business of any community is the education of its youth. The future of our communities, the future of our states, indeed the future of our nation is dependent on how well we perform this most important function. He also believes that all children can learn at high levels and that it is the job of educators to create effective schools with healthy school cultures to facilitate maximum student learning and parent/community involvement.