Evans' Gift Provides Direction for Bluefield College

February 12, 2010 | RSS

Evans, who has served on the BC Board of Trustees since 2008, provided the funds to purchase 58 directional and identification signs, including facility labels, campus maps, and guidance markers -- all much-needed devices to direct and inform visitors on campus.


"We are so appreciative of Bill's generosity and his keen understanding of the importance of good signage on campus," said President David Olive. "He really stepped up in a big way to address a critical need on campus."

While Evans did not attend Bluefield College, his brother, Lloyd Evans ('74), and his cousin, Bob Shrewsberry ('63), did. In addition, he recalled how his mother, Wanda Evans, used to bring him to BC concerts and other events on campus.


"She loved this place. She never graduated from college, but had a place in her heart for Bluefield," said Evans about his connection to BC. "She always noted that both Bluefield College and she were born in 1922. I have always had a connection to the school in some way."


Evans' relationship with BC has grown even more significant in recent years as a member of the college's Board of Trustees. Despite splitting his residency between Bluefield and Jacksonville, Florida, he remains an active member of the BC Board's Finance Committee.


"I strongly believe that Bluefield College is a tremendous asset to the Bluefield community," Evans said. "The college has always produced graduates of distinction and has had a stellar reputation in the academic community. I am honored to be a part of that tradition."


Evans is owner and operator of Oil and Gas Executives in Bluefield, and his service to the community also includes tenures on the Board of Directors for Bluefield Union Mission. In addition, he is an active member of First United Methodist Church in Bluefield and the Bluefield Sales Executive Club.


His gifts to Bluefield College in the past have supported the BC Fund for Scholarships, which provides vital financial aid to students.