March 6, 2014
The spirit of Hamilton, the talent of its students and the dedication of its faculty are on full display at the College’s annual Class and Charter Day celebrations to be held this year on Monday, May 12. To mark this day of celebration, Mary McLean Evans ’82, assistant vice president and executive director of the Career Center, will offer the keynote address at the awards ceremony titled “We Know Them as People.”
Evans is a fitting choice for this year’s ceremony, as an alumna who can speak to the College’s past, present and future. Daughter of C. “Russell” R. McLean ’43, she arrived on the Hill as part of the first combined class of Kirkland and Hamilton and was awarded the James Soper Merrill Prize her senior year. She maintained a strong connection to the college post-graduation, holding a variety of positions in alumni relations and development, before assuming her current position.
In reference to her service to the College, President Joan Hinde Stewart described Evans as “an articulate and passionate ambassador for her alma mater.”
As director of the Career Center, Evans has overseen the implementation of various career development and exploration programs that assist in students’ overall career readiness. She has spearheaded the effort to engage alumni, parents and outside employers in service of students sharpening their career-related skills.
Off the Hill, Evans’ commitment to the larger community is evident. She serves as a trustee for the Munson Williams Proctor Art Institute and the Kelberman Center and as a member of the finance committee for the YWCA.
With unquestioning dedication to the College, Mary distinguishes herself as uniquely qualified to offer an address as an important point in Hamilton’s history. In a year marked by the loss of Ellie Wertimer and Patsy Couper, two celebrated female figures of the Hamilton community, Evans’ leadership speaks to a bright future rooted in a respect for the past. Her address will provide a point of continuity as Hamilton remembers and celebrates all of those who have offered their time, passion and loyalty in service to the College.
Evans will deliver her address at 4:15 p.m. in the Chapel. The ceremony will also be available online via live webcast.