Governor Asa Hutchinson has announced El Dorado’s Nathan Evers appointment to the Southern Arkansas University Board of Trustees. This is the third Board appointment for Evers, who previously served two consecutive five-year terms, from 2001-2011. A certified public accountant who obtained his accounting degree from Southern State College in 1971, Evers is excited to return to the Board and looks to continue the many advancements that have taken place on the campus since he completed his previous terms.
He replaces Lawrence Bearden, who had served on the Board since 2016. Evers, the retired managing partner of Evers Cox and Gober PLLC in El Dorado, said his education at SAU was a powerful contributing factor in his career as an accountant. “I have continuously given back to SAU over the years, and I look forward to serving for a second time on the Board of Trustees,” he said.
Evers served twice as president of the SAU Board, a period that saw the appointment of Dr. David Rankin as SAU president and the construction of several new facilities, including the Reynolds Center.
“I think all the accomplishments we saw when I previously served have been continued under Dr. Trey Berry,” Evers said of the current president. “I look forward to continuing that growth. Our University has grown better than many others, and that is due to the tremendous leadership under Dr. Berry.”
Evers also praised the leadership of the SAU Foundation. “It is vital we continue to reach out to our alumni,” he said. “It is so important for successful students to do what they can to help their University.”
He not only pointed to Dr. Rankin as a strong influence but the late Louis Blanchard as well. “They helped me do what I was able to do in my life,” Evers said. “It was exciting for me to serve as a trustee the first time, and it’s still exciting. It is absolutely one of the highlights of my career.”
SAU provided Evers with a strong education in accounting fundamentals, which he put into practice in a career spanning more than 40 years. He is a current member of the SAU Business Advisory Council for the Rankin College of Business, serving on the Hall of Fame committee. He is a former member of the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants, Arkansas Society of Certified Public Accountants, and was formerly licensed to practice in Arkansas and Louisiana. In addition to its Board of Trustees, Evers also served on the SAU Foundation Board of Governors. He has been involved with numerous non-profit boards in El Dorado and is a past chairman of the Union County United Way Campaign.