Robert Evans ’81 (Bob)

Bethesda, MD


Board member for public and private companies.  Prior to that, Chief Financial Officer for several public companies, a streak interrupted by a venture that proved that “entrepreneur” is French for “able to lose a lot of money quickly”


  • A.B. (History), Davidson 1981
  • Master of Public Affairs, Princeton 1983
  • Master of Business Affairs, University of Texas, Austin 1987

At Davidson

Hall Counselor; College Bowl (National Runner-Up team in 1981); Intermurals; Member, Phi Gamma Delta; Member, Fannie and Mabel Eating House; Phi Beta Kappa; and Recipient, Samuel Henry Bell Honor Scholarship

Alumni Activities

Board of Visitors, classes of 2005, 2009, 2011, 2014, and 2016; Parents Council; hired 10+ Davidson students as Summer Interns; host family for Davidson-in-Washington Summer Interns; represented Davidson at 50+ college fairs; host family for Washington DC Summer Send-Offs for First Years; Volunteer Interviewer at Center for Career Development; Davidson Connect/Career Mentor; Ne Ultra Society

Other Activities

Assistant Scoutmaster; Volunteer, Market USA Federal Credit Union; Board Chair, Market USA Federal Credit Union; Richmond Council on Foreign Affairs

Personal Statement

I transferred into Davidson during my first year and paid for the remainder from years of Burger King earnings. That semester hooked me on Davidson, and I reluctantly accepted the great debt that would follow. The summer brought a wonderful letter announcing that I would receive a scholarship and wouldn’t have to incur debt, making me something of a beneficiary of the Davidson Trust years before its inception. I will always be grateful to the alumnus whose generosity gave me such a helping hand.

My volunteer work has brought me back to Davidson regularly over the years. While change has been a constant, the essence remains the same – an atmosphere of bright minds, hard work, talented faculty, and caring administration, all wrapped in a community of trust. It’s never perfect, but doing the right and honorable thing still drives everyday activity.

I believe in the transforming power of diversity, in all its manifestations; a rigorous liberal arts education; and a student life that mixes classroom, community, personal skills, and a variety of experiential learning opportunities. It would be a privilege to represent fellow alumni as the Alumni Association Board President and to continue helping Davidson grow.