MARQUETTE – Marsha Johnson Evans, the president and chief executive officer of the American Red Cross since August, will be the commencement speaker at the Northern Michigan University mid-year commencement exercises Saturday, Dec. 14, at the Superior Dome. She will also receive the honorary degree of Doctor of Public Service.
Evans was also the National Executive Director of the Girl Scouts from 1998 to 2002. She helped to form the Girl Scout Research Institute, a center for research and public policy information on the healthy development of girls as they mature toward adulthood. Before that, she served in the Navy for 29 years and retired at the rank of Rear Admiral. She was the first woman to serve as Chief of Staff of the U.S. Naval Academy at Annapolis, and led the first program to ensure equal opportunities for male and female midshipmen.
Evans earned a bachelor’s degree from Occidental College in Los Angeles, Calif., and a master’s degree in law and diplomacy from Tufts University in Medford, Mass.
Commencement exercises will commence at 10:30 a.m. and will be broadcast live on WNMU-TV 13.