Convocation Features Address by Jeffrey O. Evans ’75
Jeffrey O. Evans ’75 delivered the Convocation address to the Muskingum College community.
Mr. Evans has created a distinguished legacy of global business leadership and service as President, Chief Executive Officer, and Chairman of the Board of the Will-Burt Company in Orville, Ohio, the world’s leading manufacturer of telescoping communications masts and emergency lighting towers and systems. Serving the broadcast, fire and rescue, and military sectors worldwide, Will-Burt’s products support rapid and effective situation responses and information transmission. Mr. Evans has led the private, employee-owned company through significant growth, more than doubling its annual revenue to $60 million and quadrupling its stock value over the past five years.
A cum laude graduate of Muskingum, Mr. Evans majored in mathematics and economics. He lettered in varsity baseball, managed student concerts, tutored his fellow students as a teaching assistant in The Arts, and was an active member of the choir. He served as President of Kappa Sigma Fraternity, and was recognized as Kappa Sigma’s National Man of the Year in 1975.
Mr. Evans earned his Master of Business Administration at Bowling Green State University and has completed post-graduate studies at Harvard Business School, the Wharton School of Business, the Kellogg School of Business, and the Center for Creative Leadership. A Certified Public Accountant, Jeff began his career with Arthur Anderson and Ernst & Ernst. He served as an international auditor with Firestone Tire & Rubber Corp., and was responsible for Penn Racquet Sports Worldwide for GenCorp, Inc., before joining Will-Burt. He currently sits on four corporate Boards of Directors, providing his expertise and guidance to fellow business leaders.
A resident of Canton, Ohio, Mr. Evans generously gives of his time and talents in his community, serving as an Elder at Jackson Friends Church in Masillon, Ohio. He and his wife Oleta are the parents of Kristina (age 22), Abigail (age 26), and Benjamin (age 27).