Oberlin College and Conservatory has selected Ted Evans as the new director of Entrepreneurship and Instructor in Business.
Evans’ career reflects success in corporate, non-profit, academia, entrepreneurship, and management consulting with two top-tier global consulting firms. He has worked throughout the United States, Europe, Canada, and South America. He is an experienced industry professional, higher education practitioner, and management consultant who has 25 years of industry, education, and consulting experience as an executive with firms such as A.T. Kearney, Accenture, Aon Hewitt, and Grainger. He has consulted with and impacted several companies, including American Red Cross, Intel, General Electric, Siemens, Corning, Pfizer, Chevron, and Sara Lee. Through his work, Evans has interacted with and served various industries including distribution, finance, technology, healthcare, retail, manufacturing, pharmaceutical, and oil and gas.
Prior to Oberlin, he was a senior director of several key areas—admissions, recruitment, corporate relations, placement, fellowships, internships—at the Weatherhead School of Management at Case Western Reserve University. Immediately before CWRU, he served as an executive for a global technology commercialization management consulting firm where innovation, problem solving, and positive societal impact were basic to the role.
Most notably, Evans is the namesake of the highly valuable and popular TedListens events and one-on-one sessions conducted at various educational institutions and corporations. TedListens brings a breadth of intellectual resources to individual students and professionals seeking business consultation, personal growth, connections/relationships, and interview/employment opportunities at firms around the country. These events often draw more than 100 participants to each session.
Evans is very familiar with the values, teachings, and quality of students at Oberlin College and the liberal arts curriculum. Not only has he worked closely with the Ohio 5 (Five Colleges of Ohio) and met individually to assist those students, he led the signing of the 4+1 agreement between Oberlin and Case Western Reserve University, enabling early graduate school admission and scholarships for Oberlin students.
Evans serves on the board of directors of the Cleveland Metroparks Zoo and the Great Lakes Science Center, whose organizations work to build sustainability, conservation, innovation, STEM, creativity, and social awareness. Prior to that he was on the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and Rainbows for All Children (serving children who have suffered traumatic loss in their life) board of directors.
Evans has an MBA from Case Western Reserve University. He enjoys spending time with his family and staying physically and mentally active. As an undergraduate, he played football at the University of Kansas.
Evans’ office is located in Wilder Hall 205, and he can be reached at 440-775-8962.
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