Wesleyan signs Duff to two-year contract


Staff Writer

Sunday, July 21, 2019

After serving as acting president of N.C. Wesleyan College for a little over a month, Evan Duff will be serving as the college’s official interim president for at least the next two years.

Duff, who was serving as provost of the college before his recent promotion, has accepted a two-year contract from the college’s Board of Trustees to serve as its interim president. Duff assumed the mantle of leadership after the sudden resignation of former president Dewey Clark on June 14.

Officials at the college would not comment on whether a presidential search will be conducted to find a permanent replacement.

Duff said he is committed to moving the college forward.

“I am dedicated to Wesleyan and to continuing to move the college in a positive direction, where the mission of the college is fulfilled and a liberal arts education makes a difference in the lives of the students it serves,” Duff said in a press release issued by the college.

Duff earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from Mount Olive College, a master’s degree in administration from Central Michigan University and a doctorate in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University, according to the release.

Duff has served in several leadership positions at Wesleyan College since he came to the campus in 2011. In addition to his most recent role as provost, he has served as senior vice president of academic affairs, vice president of adult and professional studies and adjunct professor.

In these roles, Duff was responsible for leading efforts to approve new majors, co-writing the college’s first graduate application to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges and creating seven new off-site instructional locations. He also was responsible for facilitating the development of partnerships and articulation agreements between Wesleyan College and 20 other two-year and four-year colleges, the press release said.

Before coming to Wesleyan, Duff served in leadership roles at Mount Olive College, now the University of Mount Olive.

Throughout his academic career, Duff has authored or co-authored several academic publications and presentations and has been honored with a variety of awards for service to the college and the community, according to the press release.

Duff and his wife Marcy have been married for 21 years and have three sons and a daughter, Tyson, Landon, Peyton and Chloe. The Duff family has a love for animals and have adopted four dogs and two cats, all of which are rescues, the press release said.

Duff and his family are active at Hope Community Church in Car. Previously they were active members of Covenant UMC in Greenville, where Duff served on the pastoral personnel committee.