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L. C. (Buster) Evans, ED.D

 Executive Director -Teachers Retirement System of Georgia

 

L. C. (Buster) Evans is the Executive Director of the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia where he began serving in September 2016.  He is a graduate of Abraham Baldwin Agricultural College, received Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from Valdosta State College, and he received his doctorate in Educational Administration from the University of Georgia in 1991.  Buster worked for six years as a consultant and program director for the Heart of Georgia RESA.  In 1994 he began serving as assistant superintendent of schools in Bleckley County, GA, and in September 1996 he began serving as the superintendent for the Bleckley County School System where he served through July 2007.  Buster began working in Forsyth County on August 1, 2007 and officially began his tenure as Forsyth County School Superintendent on January 1, 2008 and retiring from public education after over 30 years of service in June 2014.  In 2014, Governor Nathan Deal appointed Evans to serve as an assistant commissioner for the Georgia Department of Corrections to expand and provide leadership in adult academic and vocational education programs as a part of Georgia’s criminal justice reform initiative.

 

Evans tenure as a school superintendent included successful initiatives to increase SAT and other test scores including Forsyth County having the highest average SAT scores in Georgia.  Evans’ tenure as superintendent also included initiatives to increase high school completion rates, STEM programs, as well as enhancing the use of instructional technology including a nationally recognized Bring Your Own Technology (BYOT) and personalized learning initiatives.  Evans also served for 8 years as a Trustee for the Teachers Retirement System of Georgia.

 

Evans’ recent work with the Georgia Department of Corrections, included revitalization of traditional adult education programs, starting 2 charter high schools in correctional settings, began programs that are successfully graduating career and technical education program graduates, and online college education programs for inmates.

 

Buster is a graduate of the Leadership Georgia Class of 2000.  He is a member of Ingleside Baptist Church in Macon and is a Paul Harris and Will Watt Fellow in Rotary International.  Evans also serves as a trustee of LaGrange College.  He is married to Debbie Evans, a retired teacher, and has a two children, Jed-- 34, and Laura -- 30.  His hobbies include exercising, forestry management, reading, and spending time in the outdoors.

 

 

 

 

 

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