Evans Appointed Founding Director of Center for Health Innovation

Evans will be responsible for developing new undergraduate and graduate degrees in health management and related fields.

Rollins is pleased to announce Chet Evans as the founding director for the Rollins College Center for Health Innovation (CHI). Evans comes to Rollins after serving as professor of surgery and vice president for medical education and program development at the Lake Erie College of Osteopathic Medicine in Bradenton, Florida.

As executive director of the Center for Health Innovation, Evans will be responsible for developing new undergraduate and graduate degrees in health management and related fields for the Hamilton Holt School, Rollins’ evening degree program. Evans was selected to lead the development of innovative new health programs in response to the tremendous need for medical professionals and administrators in Medical City which expects 30,000 employees by 2030.

Evans is board certified by the American Board of Foot and Ankle Surgery and is a diplomat and founder of both the American Board of Podiatric Medicine and the American Board of Wound Management. In 2010, he received the Distinguished Leadership Award from Barry University. One of his crowning accomplishments includes the conceptualization, development, and provisional accreditation of Florida’s third and newest school of dental medicine.

“Dr. Evans brings to the Holt School all the skills necessary to help us develop high-quality undergraduate and graduate programming in the health care field,” says David CS Richard, dean of the Hamilton Holt School. “In addition, his experience developing new programs will be invaluable as we look to establish a foothold in health care at Medical City. We are indeed fortunate to have Dr. Evans join the Rollins family and we look forward to his leadership of the Center for Health Innovation.”

Evans earned his doctorate of podiatric medicine degree from Samuel Merritt University in California, his M.S. from the University of Florida, and his B.S. from the University of Miami. Previously, Evans served as vice president for medical affairs for the Division of Medicine at Barry University, where he also served as associate vice president for academic affairs, dean of the School of Graduate Medical Sciences, and dean of the School of Podiatric Medicine.

“Today the local, statewide, and global need for the provision of quality education, services, and leadership in the health care and management arena is paramount, and Rollins is being forward thinking with the development of its new Center for Health Innovation,” Evans says. “I am looking forward to the launch of the Center and a new and expanded paradigm for the Holt School.”