Evola C. Bates
Chief of Staff
Evola C. Bates serves as the Chief of Staff of the University of the District of Columbia. Ms. Bates has responsibilities for the operation of the President’s and Board of Trustees’ offices. She is responsible for the Division of External Affairs, and coordinates all activities between the President and Executive Cabinet Members, internal auditing and intercollegiate athletics.
Ms. Bates was the Chief of Staff at the Southern University System from 2010-2015. The Southern University System is the only Historical Black Colleges and University System in the Country. It is comprised of the Southern University and A&M College, Southern University Law Center, and Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center located in Baton Rouge, LA. Also included in the Southern University System are Southern University New Orleans in New Orleans, LA, and Southern University Shreveport in Shreveport, LA. In this capacity, Ms. Bates was responsible for the daily operation of the President’s Office, liaison to the Chancellors, developed and planned system-wide policies and procedures, and responsible for coordination of requests from the Board of Supervisors, the Board of Regents and other governmental agencies.
Prior to arriving at the Southern University System, Ms. Bates served as Jackson State University’s first Chief of Staff. She was appointed by President Ronald Mason, Jr. on June 5, 2000, and served 10 years at Jackson State University,
As Chief of Staff at Jackson State University, Ms. Bates was a member of the President’s Administrative Cabinet which initiated, reviewed and set policies for the operation of the University. Her responsibilities also included coordination of activities within the Office of the President, and as liaison between the President and administrators and staff who reported directly to the President: Director of Athletics, General Counsel, Internal Auditor, Director of Public Safety, Director of Human Resources, Director of Institutional Advancement, ADA Coordinator, and Director of University Communications. Ms. Bates was Jackson State’s Legislative Liaison for Mississippi Institutions of Higher Learning, and she was responsible for local governmental relations for the University. She also served as the President’s liaison to various campus committees, including Commencement, Parking and Naming of Campus Facilities; and, worked on special projects as assigned by the President.
While in Jackson, Mississippi, Ms. Bates served on The Clarion-Ledger newspaper’s Editorial Board, the Medgar Evers Institute’s National Steering Committee for the Fortieth Year Commemoration, and the West Jackson Community Development Corporation Board of Directors. She also served as a board member of the Capital City Classic, USA International Ballet Competition, WJSU-FM Board of Directors, the Jackson Mississippi Advisory Board of Dillard University’s Deep South Center for Environmental Justice Katrina Survivors’ Project, and the Margaret Walker Alexander National Research Center.
In addition to her 10 years at Jackson State, she served 15 years at Tulane University in various roles, including Vice President for Human Resources and Administration. As Tulane’s Vice President for Human Resources and Administration, Ms. Bates was a member of the President’s Cabinet and was responsible for the overall operation of the human resources function of the University and Medical School, which served approximately 5,000 employees. In her role, she was responsible for ensuring that the Department of Human Resources functioned and contributed to the overall strategic goals of the University. She implemented the University’s compensation plan and restructured Tulane’s self-funded health plan. She was also responsible for the management of the Institute of Residents Initiatives, which provided self-sustaining programs and services to New Orleans public housing residents. Ms. Bates served on the Tulane Strategic Plan Steering Committee as well as other University committees.
A native of New Orleans, Louisiana, Ms. Bates earned the Bachelor of Arts degree from Albertus Magnus College in New Haven, Connecticut. She has one daughter, Candice Bates Anderson, and three sons, twins Rashi and Ravi, and Ryan. She is the proud grandmother of 10 who affectionately calls her Mimi!