“Tara is the perfect person to fill this very critical leadership position to meet the academic needs of our student-athletes,” said Temple University Vice Rector Jodi Levine Laufgraben. “She worked like Justin Millerfor seven years and understands the needs of our student-athletes. The Nancy and Donald Resnick Academic Support Center has been a source of pride for athletics, as well as the University as a whole, and with Tara’s leadership, we believe it will continue to raise the bar for success. school for our student-athletes. »
“I would like to thank Vice Rector Jodi Levine Laufgraben, Vice President and Director of Athletics Arthur Johnson and of course, Justin Millerfor this incredible opportunity,” said Evans. “Working with our student-athletes and helping them succeed in the classroom as well as in life has not been a job, but rather a passion since I arrived at Temple in 2014. I’m thrilled to take over from Justin and look to continue what he set in motion and push the bar of success even higher.”
Since beginning his tenure at the Resnick Academic Support Center for Student-Athletes in 2014, Evans’ teams have recorded record academic performances. Heavily involved in the men’s basketball team, under his leadership the team won two American Athletic Conference Team Excellence Awards and was honored with team recognition twice. NABC.
Evans provided leadership for the Resnick Center’s academic mentorship program which had a direct impact on student-athletes setting record GPAs in its eight years, including four of the last five semesters above a GPA of 3.30 semesters.
“Tara has been instrumental in the success of our student-athletes during her time at Temple,” said the vice president and athletic director. Arthur Johnson. “I am confident that she is the right person to lead the Nancy and Donald Resnick Center and continue the outstanding success our student-athletes have achieved in the classroom.”
Prior to August 2014, Evans served as Counselor Coordinator at Temple’s Russell Conwell Learning Center, working with first-generation students while facilitating a summer transition program centered on math and English support.
She also worked for four years as Associate Director of the Student-Athlete Center for Academic Excellence at Florida Atlantic University (2008-12). There she worked directly with the football program, which had experienced scholarship cuts due to her APR. Along with administration and football staff, she helped create an NCAA improvement plan, increasing the program’s APR from 919 to 932, above the NCAA minimum standard (930) in 2012 .
Evans, who began her tutoring career with the Play it Smart program (2004-05) where she worked with football players at Ben Franklin and George Washington High Schools in Philadelphia, also worked for three years as a as Deputy Director in the Office. for academic support at Villanova University (2005-08).
A former student-athlete, Evans was a member of the swim and dive team at Syracuse University where she received her bachelor’s degree in sociology. She later earned her master’s degree from Springfield College in Psychological Counseling and Services, with a specialization in Sports Counseling.