Alumnus David Evans to address ASC Fall Commencement

(12-04-2008)

An Adams State College alumnus whose education took him to Washington, D.C., and across the globe will give the commencement address as ASC launches its fall 2008 graduates, Saturday, December 20. The ceremony begins at 10 a.m. in Plachy Hall on Stadium Drive in Alamosa. Adams State College will award 102 undergraduate and 39 master's degrees.

The day's speaker is David L. Evans, class of 1970, who retired last year from an esteemed 24-year career in the U.S. Foreign Service. His first post was as a foreign service officer in the U.S. Information Agency. He moved upward to a series of positions that took him around the world, retiring in October 2007 after an 18-month stint as an advisor and consultant on global partnership in the Office of Cooperative Threat Reduction of the State Department Bureau of International Security & Nonproliferation.

Although much of his career was based in Washington, D.C., Evans served in various Central and South American countries, as well as Nigeria and the Soviet Union/Russia. He is fluent in Spanish, French, and Russian and holds a Top Secret security clearance.

"David Evans is a classic ASC great story," said Adam State President, Dr. David Svaldi. "His initial enrollment at ASC was filled with challenges for him, but upon his return from military duty, he focused, became an even better student, and eventually used his ASC degree as a stepping stone to an outstanding career in the foreign service. He is a great role model for students interested in international affairs or the diplomatic service."

Evans first enrolled at Adams State in 1962, but the next spring his education was interrupted by the Vietnam War. He served four years in the U.S. Navy, then returned to Adams State in 1967 and earned his degree in history and political science. In January 1973, he completed an M.A. in International Affairs, Soviet Foreign Policy & Latin American Studies at George Washington University, then commenced work with the State Department. In 1987, he was named a Thomas Jefferson Fellow for advanced graduate study in East-West Relations & Journalism, at the Sino-Soviet Institute of George Washington University.

Evans received a Meritorious Honor Award for his work on the U.S /Soviet Cultural Exchange Agreement signed in 1985, the product of year-long daily negotiations. That was part of his work from 1982-85 as Assistant Cultural Affairs Officer for Academic Exchanges at the U.S. Embassy in Moscow. Evans served another two years in post-Soviet Russia, from 1993-95, as Branch Public Affairs Officer at the U.S. Consulate in St. Petersburg.

Evans was also honored for work in Havana, Cuba, from 1989-92 as Public Affairs Officer. He coordinated the U.S. Mission's Public Affairs program and served as the Mission's Human Rights Officer. He received the Superior Honor Award for "Outstanding Human Rights Reporting," "Countering Cuban Government Propaganda," and "Monitoring of TV Marti." In 1992 he received a second citation for "outstanding human right work" from the State Department Assistant Secretary for Inter-American Affairs.

By Julie Waechter