“When you look at who gets ahead, it is typically those who can think outside of the box, who can come up with nontraditional solutions, who can take initiative. My goal is to motivate students to really think and challenge themselves.”
When Michael Evans, executive professor of finance, answered a call to help establish and steer Park Sterling Bank as a member of its board of directors, he did it for several reasons. He saw a need in a field in which he had both interest and expertise, but he also saw how such an experience in the world of banking could be incorporated into his classes. Evans likes to challenge students, because he knows it’s not the correct answer that is most important, but the thought process that brings the student to the answer.