Evans Receives Deloitte Foundation Doctoral Fellowship Grant
Cynthia Opakunle ‘06
Alumnus Mark Evans is the recipient of a $25,000 grant from the Deloitte Foundation through the organization’s Doctoral Fellowship Program.

Evans, a Dry Fork native, received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from RU in 1995 and in 1997 graduated from the university’s MBA program. He is pursuing a doctorate in accounting from Duke University and lives in Durham, N.C. with his wife, Amelia, daughter, Lydia, and son, Nathan.

Evans was initially interested in math. He says, “Like most freshmen, I wasn’t sure what I wanted to do with the rest of my life, but I always enjoyed numbers.” He then decided to take accounting courses. He says they were “enjoyable and the material seemed to ‘click’ better for me than most other students.”

As an RU student, he was a member of the Accounting Society and participated in the campus ministries of Eagles Nest and Intervarsity. His career goal is to be a university professor.

His desire to teach is motivated by his interactions with faculty at RU. While in the MBA program, Evans was a graduate assistant to accounting professors Bruce Chase and Felix Amenkhienan and finance professor Shalini Perumpral. Evans credits Perumpral as being most influential in his decision to teach. “She was always willing to set aside time to answer questions and provide insight,” he says.

Chase says Evans “always had a sincere interest in learning and very much enjoyed working with students. I am sure he will make an excellent university professor.”

Upon completing his MBA, Evans worked as an auditor for five years. His desire to learn more about accounting issues fueled his ambition to teach and to explore accounting at a deeper level. Evans believes that the opportunity to delve deeper into accounting issues and the interactions he will have with his future students and faculty will be the most rewarding aspects of his career. He hopes to play a role in preparing students for the future — not only in their careers, but in life.

The Deloitte Foundation is a not-for-profit division of Deloitte & Touche USA LLP. The foundation introduced the Doctoral Fellowship Program 50 years ago and has since given grants to more than 900 outstanding scholars. Recipients of the grants, who are first nominated by their university’s accounting faculty, are among the most outstanding and promising students pursuing doctorates in accounting.

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