From Sharecroppers’ Son To College’s Gatekeeper

 Tennessee State University alum David L. Evans has helped Harvard University dramatically increase their black enrollment. Please read more on his story and how TSU inspired his drive for greatness.

Senior Admissions Officer David L. Evans attended his portrait unveiling at the Fogg Art Museum’s Naumburg Room last May. The event was sponsored by the Harvard Foundation, where he is a member of the Board of Directors.

As he stood in the Naumberg room of the Fogg Art Museum this May, next to a portrait of his likeness that now graces the walls of Harvard University, Senior Admissions Officer David L. Evans seemed a long way from his childhood home.

The son of two sharecroppers who had six years of education between them, Evans was orphaned by the age of 16. But his parents’ untimely deaths did not prevent them from inspiring their seven children with a message that would send them on paths to great success.

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