After more than half a century of teaching at UD, Evans undoubtedly leaves behind a hallmark of successes that reverberate well beyond his classroom, via former students and colleagues, into the world around us.
Returning home from a camping trip with his brother, and seeing the sights of Texas passing through Irving, Evans recalled spotting signs for UD and stopping by for a visit. No one seemed to be around — so they made their way to the Braniff Graduate Building, where Evans finally located an open office: that of Bob Lynch, dean of the newly formed Graduate School of Management (now the Satish & Yasmin Gupta College of Business).
“We were total strangers, and we talked for two and a half hours,” said Evans. “He hired me on the spot.”
Prior to joining the faculty at UD, Evans had worked as a reinsurance underwriter at Cigna Corp. and then as vice president of the reinsurance division for Transport Insurance Company. Throughout his extensive career, he collected any document related to the industry of enterprise risk management and reinsurance. Evans eventually donated his records — “The Bruce D. Evans Papers” — to the Kathryn & Shelby Cullom Davis Library, which houses the world’s largest collection of risk and insurance literature.
Evans’ favorite aspect of teaching at UD: guiding soon-to-be graduates through their senior 12-week Capstone Experience project, a culmination and real-life application of the skills learned during the university’s MBA program.