May 2, 2013
Carol Evans '77
(OLD WESTBURY, N.Y. – May 10, 2013) The Long Island Center of SUNY Empire State College today announced that Carol Evans ‘77, president of Working Mother Media and a college alumna, will deliver the commencement address at the center’s 2013 graduation.
The college’s Long Island Center is located on the campus of SUNY Old Westbury and oversees the Hauppauge and Riverhead offices.
The ceremony will take place at 11 a.m., Saturday, June 15, at the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts, located on the LIU Post campus, 720 Northern Blvd., Brookville, N.Y.
Carol Evans is president of Working Mother Media, which includes the National Association for Female Executives, Diversity Best Practices and Working Mother magazine. Her involvement with Working Mother dates back to 1978, when she played a critical role in its launch and then led the magazine for its first decade. During that time she founded the Working Mother 100 Best Companies, the most important workplace benchmark in the country.
Evans left Working Mother in 1989 to run Stagebill Inc., and then Chief Executive magazine. In 2001, Working Mother came up for sale and Evans acquired her beloved magazine and related properties just three weeks before 9/11, becoming the first mom to own Working Mother. In the last 12 years, she has launched key initiatives including the Multicultural Women's National Initiative, Best Companies for Hourly Workers and the Global Advancement of Women Conference.
Evans serves as vice chair of the board of trustees of the March of Dimes. She has won numerous awards including the Admiral Grace Hopper Champion Award from the U.S. Navy and 100 Most Influential Women in Advertising. She speaks nationwide and appears on major talk shows including “Today” and “Oprah.” Her first book, “This is How We Do It: The Working Mother’s Manifesto,” was published by Penguin.
Evans is a graduate of the college’s Genesee Valley Center, in Rochester, N.Y. She is married to Bob Coulombe and has two children, Robert, 26, and Julia Rose, 23, who is currently a student at Empire State College. The Evans live in Manhattan with their Welsh corgi, Buster.
SUNY Empire State College was established in 1971 to offer adult learners the opportunity to earn associate, bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the State University of New York.
In addition to awarding credit for prior college-level learning, the college pairs each student with a faculty mentor who supports that student throughout his or her college career. Students engage in guided independent study and course work onsite, online or a combination of both, which provides the flexibility for students to learn at the time, place and pace they choose.
The college serves more than 20,000 students worldwide at more than 35 locations in New York state and online. Its 66,000 alumni are active in their communities as entrepreneurs, politicians, business professionals, artists, nonprofit agency employees, teachers, veterans and active military, union members and more. More information about the college is available here.
Graduation contact: Clara Murnyack
Media contact: David Henahan, director of communications
518-587-2100, ext. 2918
518-321-7038 (after hours and on weekends)
David M. Henahan, Director of Communications 518-587-2100, ext. 2918 David.Henahan@esc.edu
518-321-7038(after 5 p.m. and weekends)