This week’s episode features Dr. Jerry Evans. Dr. Evans has taught Leadership Montana classes for over ten years. He is a professor in the College of Business at the University of Montana, and he is an expert instructor of leadership principles. Jerry talks about growing up in Swan Lake, his views on ethical decision making, his favorite leadership principles, and the spirit he strives to bring to his teaching. Jerry also tells us about his proudest moment over his long tenure with Leadership Montana, and how he believes our differences can be our strength.
Eric, a graduate of Leadership Montana Class of 2016 and Masters Class 2019, leads this project with an unmatched curiosity and thirst for learning how each interviewee leans into leading. Eric magically brings to life the story underneath the words and weaves together a series that perfectly illustrates the meaning and value of listening deeply. Originally from Billings, Eric currently resides in Missoula where he serves as the Communications and Development Administrator for Partnership Health Center.
Jerry Evans was born in Great Falls and graduated from high school in Bigfork. His undergraduate degree is from the University of Providence, Great Falls, and he earned two master’s degrees from Montana State University. Dr. Evans earned his Ph.D. from The Claremont Graduate University in the area of information processing and systems. He has served on the faculty of the California State Polytechnic University, Pomona, and the University of Nevada, Reno.
He joined The University of Montana College of Business faculty in 1988, and has devoted most of his teaching, research, and publication activities to the areas of business information systems, business ethics, and organizational leadership. Additionally, Dr. Evans has consulted in businesses throughout the U.S. on topics such as negotiation, leadership, team building, conflict resolution, and quality management in service organizations. His current research focuses on resistance to change and leadership training.
Jerry has served as a member of the board of directors of various corporations and foundations, including the Montana Chamber of Commerce, the Montana Chamber of Commerce Foundation, the Organizing Committee of Leadership Montana, and the Board of Governors of Leadership Montana.