Concord welcomes Evans as Chief Financial Officer

Concord welcomes Evans as Chief Financial Officer

A financial executive with more than three decades of school finance experience has been tapped to serve as Concord Community Schools’ Chief Financial Officer.

Jim Evans, of Syracuse, assumed the role of Chief Financial Officer on July 1, 2020. 

He replaced outgoing Chief Financial Officer Rebecka Smith, whose last day with the district was May 29.

Evans was selected based on his breadth of knowledge in the area of school finance, said Concord Community Schools Superintendent Dan Funston. 

“Jim has an excellent knowledge of school business and operations that he has developed over a career in school finance spanning 30 years,” Funston said. “I am particularly impressed by Jim’s ability to align community interests with organizational goals, while maintaining an unrelenting focus on serving and advocating for the needs of students.” 

Evans joined Concord from Wawasee Community School Corporation in Syracuse where he has served as the Director of Finance since 1999. In that role, he was responsible for all business functions including the development of budgetary and accounting practices and overseeing human resource initiatives. 

“Concord has a reputation for offering students outstanding educational opportunities and I am looking forward to the opportunity to meet the needs of students, staff, and the greater Concord community in this new role,” Evans said. “I am pleased to be part of a highly respected school system that is working diligently to support student success.”

Prior to serving as the Director of Finance, Evans worked as the Director of Support Services at Wawasee Community Schools for nine years. Before that, he was the executive vice president and part owner of Augsburger’s Inc., a small chain of family-owned supermarkets. 

Evans currently serves as an Indiana Association of School Business Officials board member and an advisory committee member on the Indiana School Purchasing Advisory Committee. He is a 2007-2009 graduate of the Indiana School Business Officials Leadership Academy. 

In 2020, he was named School Business Official of the Year for Region 2 by the Indiana Association of School Business Officials. He is a past member of the Syracuse-Wawasee Chamber of Commerce, Syracuse-Wawasee Rotary Club, and Kosciusko County United Way, and served his community as board member and treasurer of the Turkey Creek Regional Sewer District. He is also a graduate of the Kosciusko Leadership Academy.

He received his bachelor’s degree in sacred literature from Ozark Christian College and holds master’s degrees in Psychology from Pittsburg State University and Business Administration from Indiana Wesleyan University. 

Evans and his wife, Kim, live in Syracuse. They have three grown children and three dogs. His hobbies include traveling and reading.

EDUCATION BACKGROUND

Master of Business Administration — Indiana Wesleyan University

Master of Science in Psychology — Pittsburg State University

Bachelor of Sacred Literature — Ozark Christian College

WORK EXPERIENCE

Wawasee Community School Corporation, Syracuse, IN — Director of Finance 

1999-Present

Wawasee Community School Corporation, Syracuse, IN — Director of Support Services

1990-1999

Augsburger’s Inc. — Executive Vice President/Part Owner

1982-1990 



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