, Port Arthur, Texas

October 7, 2013

Investiture of new LU president will put traditions, shared aspirations on display

The Port Arthur News

— Lamar University faculty and staff are preparing to celebrate new leadership with the investiture of Kenneth Evans as the 15th president of the university.

The investiture will be  at 3 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 7, in the Montagne Center.

“The public is encouraged to be a part of this important event in the history of the university,” said Juan Zabala, associate vice president for university advancement. “After the program, there will be a reception to provide everyone an opportunity to meet President Ken Evans and his wife, Nancy.”

The event will celebrate Lamarís leadership and vision with all the trappings of academic traditions and regalia, Zabala said. Past presidents have used their inaugural address to rally attendees around a vision for the future, to share a set of values to which the university or larger community should aspire, and to proclaim the university's academic mission. President Evans will address attendees in his acceptance speech. The investiture coincides with the university’s 90th anniversary.

Texas State University System Chancellor Brian McCall will emcee the investiture program. Donna Williams, chairman of the TSUS Board of Regents, will conduct the formal investiture. Regents David Montagne of Beaumont and Bill Scott of Nederland will also join in the program.