Former SVC president Evans appointed to university job in Bulgaria

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BLAGOEVGRAD, Bulgaria — The last president of the now-defunct Southern Vermont College has taken on a new job with the American University in Bulgaria.

David Evans was appointed interim president of the Eastern European university last month and will assume the position on Monday, the American University in Bulgaria announced on its website June 12.

"I am thrilled that we will be working with such an exceptional professional like David Evans," said Carolyn Stefanco, chairwoman of the university's board of trustees.

"With over 29 years of experience in both academic and leadership roles, David is well respected within the higher education community in the United States. He is an imaginative leader, experienced fundraiser, excellent communicator, and someone who inspires trust in everyone he meets."

Evans said he was "thrilled to become a part of this special institution that is transforming the region and the world," adding: "Am confident that together we will continue to contribute to the prosperity of AUBG."

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Evans stepped down as president of Southern Vermont College on May 24, ahead of his originally planned June 30 departure. He told the Banner last month that he left early in order to free up some of his salary to cover other personnel costs at the college.

He said information on his new job would be released in June. He couldn't be reached for comment on Wednesday.

Evans and the SVC trustees announced in early March that the school would close this year amid mounting debt and declining student enrollment. The announcement came after a Feb. 28 show-cause hearing on the college's financial situation before the New England Commission of Higher Education, which shortly afterward withdrew SVC's academic accreditation as of Aug. 31.

As interim president of the American University in Bulgaria, Evans is taking over a position held by Steven Sullivan, who will be returning to teaching full time.

The university said Evans would continue Sullivan's accomplishments in raising student enrollment, elevating its rankings in Bulgaria and enhancing its academic program in the cities of Blagoevgrad and Sofia.

The university said it will be conducting an international search for the new permanent president, who is expected to start in July 2020. It's not clear if Evans intends to apply for the position.


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