Donnie W. Evans, Ed. D., State District Superintendent
With over 35 years experience in the world of education, Dr. Donnie W. Evans has served in a leadership capacity in several of our nation’s largest and most diverse school districts. In 2009, he joined Paterson Public Schools, the third largest school district in New Jersey, to serve as the State District Superintendent. Prior to that, Dr. Evans completed a three-year contract as superintendent of the Providence Public School District in Rhode Island (24,000 students). He also served as chief district academic officer for the 190,000-student Hillsborough County Public School System in Tampa, Florida. During his 12 years in Hillsborough, Dr. Evans served in various capacities including assistant superintendent for instruction, assistant superintendent for supportive services, director of district reform and supervisor of exceptional student education.
Before joining Hillsborough County Public Schools, Dr. Evans held joint appointments as an associate professor in the University of South Florida (USF) Department of Education Leadership and Department of Special Education. While at USF, he managed a statewide Leadership Development Institute for principals and special education administrators while also creating a doctoral program in special education administration. An authority in the area of special education, 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 began his career as a math teacher in Durham Public Schools, (19,000 students) in Durham, North Carolina, where he continued to work for 18 years. While in Durham, he also served as director of programs for exceptional children, a school principal and an assistant principal — all at the junior high school level. Dr. Evans is committed to community engagement and participation. While leading the Providence Public School District, Dr. Evans served on the Board of Directors for Women and Infants Hospital of Rhode Island, Junior Achievement, The Providence After School Alliance, Volunteers in Providence Schools and The Black Heritage Society. He was a corporate member of Delta Dental of Rhode Island and served as a member of the Board of Directors for the Council of Great City Schools. Dr. Evans received his B.S. and his M.A. from North Carolina Central University and his Ed. D. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
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.