Greg Evans is an educator and community activist; he is also a classroom instructor, lecturer, workshop facilitator and consultant. His training and education spans the worlds of business and education. Mr. Evans holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing from Myers University in Cleveland, Ohio and a Masters degree in Education from Oregon State University, in Corvallis, Oregon.
He is the founder and director of the Rites of Passage Summer Academies at Lane Community College in Eugene, Oregon. The Rites of Passage Summer Academies are focused on the cultural development and training for high school and middle school students of African, Asian, Native American, and Latino/Latina descent. Founded in 1995, as a partnership between the African American Community in the Eugene/Springfield area and Lane Community College, the Rites of Passage programs are academic based efforts focusing on four core courses designed to enhance the cultural development, self-esteem, and self-confidence of youth of color. Core courses include history, literature, empowerment/life skills training and folklore. The Rites of Passage Summer Academy programs were featured in the July 4, 2002, edition of Black Issues in Higher Education.
Greg is a member of the faculty at Lane Community College serving as a professor of Ethnic Studies and Director of African American Student Programs and is the President and CEO of The Greg Evans Group Education Consultants. He is a member of the Lane Community College Education Association (LCCEA), Oregon Education Association (OEA) and the National Education Association (NEA). He is a past president of the Oregon/Washington State Conference of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP), vice-president of both the National and Western Region Councils on Black American Affairs of the American Association of Community Colleges. In 2006, Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski appointed Mr. Evans to the Board of Directors of Lane Transit District, Oregonís second largest transit authority. With this appointment, Greg became the first minority and African American member of the board in its 35 year history. Greg is currently vice-president of the Lane Transit District board of Directors, Western Region VI Representative of the American Public Transportation Associationís (APTA) Transit Board Members Committee (TBM), and serves on numerous other boards and committees in his civic pursuits.Greg is the recipient of numerous awards for his work including five Martin Luther King, Jr. awards, the NAACP Thalhiemer Award, NAACP Eugene/Springfield Branch Community Leadership Award and the Oregon Assembly for Black Affairs Education Award.