Longtime faculty member and former Chickasha Mayor Sam Evans is one of only a handful whose careers spanned all three institutional legacies -- the Oklahoma College for Women, the Oklahoma College of Liberal Arts and the University of Science and Arts of Oklahoma.
Evans graduated from Tishomingo High School, received his bachelor of arts degree from Southwestern Oklahoma State University, his master of arts degree from Oklahoma State University, and his doctor of education degree from the University of Oklahoma. He taught school in Perry and Blanchard, and then became the dean of Carnegie Junior College. In 1947, he began working at the Oklahoma College for Women, where he taught and served various capacities in the administration. In 1964, Evans was selected OCLA Teacher of the Year and Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.
As an educator, he served many roles – teaching history and government from 1947-1980 and served as history department chair, director of teacher education and was the social science division chair.
Evans also was active in military, civic and church interests. During World War II, he served in the South Pacific in the Army Signal Corp. The last six months were served with McArthur’s Manila Headquarters in the Philippines.
He served 21 years as educational director for Oklahoma Girls State. He was a member of the Southern Historical Association, Pi Gamma Mu, Phi Delta Kappa, and Kappa Delta Pi. He served as mayor of the City of Chickasha from 1970-76. Evans also was a member of the Southern Oaks Church of Christ.
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