Portrait of David L. Evans Unveiled at Lamont
(l. to r.) S. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation, David L. Evans, Senior Admissions Officer, and Lumumba Seegars '09 at the unveiling.
April 27, 2007 – A portrait of David L. Evans, Senior Admissions Officer for Harvard College, was unveiled at a ceremony in Lamont Library last week. The portrait, which hangs just inside the library's main entrance and by the Lamont Cafe was painted by artist Stephen Coit ’71.
S. Allen Counter, Director of the Harvard Foundation, presided over the unveiling, which is part of the Harvard Foundation Portraiture Project to recognize minority men and women who have served the University with distinction for 25 years or longer.
Initially an engineer in the South in the 1960s, Evans also tutored young black students on the side about the benefits of attending highly selective colleges. This eventually became his passion. Evans arrived at Harvard in 1970 as an admissions officer, and what originally began as a two-year leave of absence from his engineering position became a lifelong Harvard career. As one of the first minorities to work in Harvard College admissions, Evans has been instrumental in helping talented minorities matriculate to Harvard and in creating a more diverse college.
For additional coverage of the event, see Peas in a Pod in the Gazette.