Ken Evans: CSN’s 2024 Honorary Degree Recipient

Ken Evans

Ken Evans is CSN’s 2024 Honorary Degree awardee, a recognition reserved for individuals whose contributions have left an indelible mark on the institution and the wider community. As a former member of CSN’s Institutional Advisory Council, Evans brings an impressive background that combines military service, engineering, entrepreneurship, and community leadership.
As a Community Programs Advisor for the M.Y.S. Firm, Evans lends his considerable experience to offer advice, guidance, and consultation to a broad spectrum of clients, including non-profit, for-profit, and public sector entities. With over 35 years in engineering, construction, and real estate development, his expertise helps shape community programming plans for implementation within various regions.

Evans, a graduate of the U.S. Air Force Academy with a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Phoenix, has a distinguished military career, serving as a Commander in both Iraq and Afghanistan. In 2010, his exceptional contributions earned him the Air Force Civil Engineering Officer Manager of the Year award for the Air Reserve Component.

Transitioning into entrepreneurship in 2001, Evans became a small business owner, starting and managing a real estate development consulting firm which completed several residential and commercial projects. In 2013, he assumed the role of President for the Urban Chamber of Commerce, strategically forging alliances, creating new partnerships, and boosting Chamber membership.

Beyond his professional achievements, Ken Evans has actively participated in community affairs since his military assignment to the area in 1989. Graduating from the 1993 Leadership Las Vegas program and the 1995 Project Blueprint program, he immersed himself in programs designed to foster leadership and community development. Additionally, Evans served as the Sergeant at Arms for the Nevada State Senate during the 2011 legislative session, highlighting his commitment to civic duty and governance.

As CSN’s Honorary Degree awardee, Ken Evans exemplifies commitment to excellence, resilience in the face of challenges, and a profound dedication to positively impacting the community he serves. As the Board of Regents considers this nomination, they can honor a man whose contributions have left a legacy in the Southern Nevada community and beyond.

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