Thursday, October 18, 2012

New Trustee sees support of Randolph as a way to honor his late business partner and friend

Editor's Note: This is the second in a series of stories featuring the five new members of Randolph College's Board of Trustees.

Keith Evans’ connection to Randolph College began decades ago when he heard about the institution from his late business partner, mentor, and friend, Bob Brammer. Brammer, who served as a trustee for the College, and his wife, Dot, endowed a memorial scholarship in the name of their daughter, Lee Brammer May ’80, who passed away just years after graduating from R-MWC.

Evans, who lives in Shreveport, LA, is one of five new members of Randolph College’s Board of Trustees. He serves as the chairman of the board and president of Brammer Engineering, Inc., an oil and gas operating, consulting, and service company. Evans began his career with Shell Oil Company before joining Brammer in 1982.

In 1995, Evans purchased the company from Brammer and has continued to support the Lee Brammer May ’80 Memorial Scholarship. He sees his service on Randolph’s Board as another way to honor his late friend and mentor. “I thought the opportunity to serve on the Randolph Board was a great way for me to pay tribute to Bob and his family and to meet new people and be a small part of a great institution,” Evans said.

Evans earned a B.S. in petroleum engineering from Louisiana State University in 1980 and is a registered professional engineer in Louisiana and Texas. He is married to fellow LSU alumna Karen Oden Evans. The Evans are the proud parents of their son, John, and his wife, Meredith, and daughters Emily and Rebecca. A history buff, Evans has a special interest in the American Civil War and enjoys traveling to Virginia to visit the state's many historic sites.

He sees great potential in Randolph’s future. “The best thing about the College is its potential to grow and prosper in the future,” he said. “The energy I felt while I attended my first Board meeting was wonderful. It’s obvious to me that good things are happening at Randolph.

“The College has been through some challenging times in the last several years where many tough decisions had to be made,” he added. “The culture has certainly changed with the transition to a coed institution, but now the school is on a great path towards stability and growth. There undoubtedly will be more challenges ahead, but the opportunities for continued growth and success are real. I look forward to helping move the College to the next level.”

During his visits to campus, Evans has been impressed with Randolph’s community. “The people associated with the College are phenomenal. From John Klein and his wife, Susan, to the Board of Trustees, senior staff, faculty, staff, and students, all the folks that I have met are wonderful. The campus is very special too. We have a great combination of resources to build a future on, and that’s exciting. “