Bruce R. Evans
Chairman at Vanderbilt University
Bruce R. Evans was elected to the Vanderbilt University Board of Trust in 2009 and became Chairman in 2017. He is a Senior Advisor to Summit Partners, a global alternative investment firm managing more than $15 billion in capital dedicated to growth equity, venture capital, fixed income and public equity opportunities. Mr. Evans was Chairman of Summit Partners' Board of Managers for seven years, from 2012 to 2019, and a member of the firm's Board and management leadership group for twenty years, after co-leading a successful leveraged buyout of Summit from its founders in 1999. During his thirty-three year career as a venture capitalist, Mr. Evans has served as a director of more than 35 companies, including fourteen public companies. In addition, he was a member of the board of directors of the National Venture Capital Association from 2009 to 2014 and was named to the Forbes Midas List from 2006 to 2009. He is currently a director of Analog Devices (NASDAQ: ADI), a designer and manufacturer of high performance semiconductor products, Casa Systems (NASDAQ: CASA), a provider of next generation broadband communications infrastructure equipment, and two private companies. His prior public company directorships include Fleetcor Technologies, a provider of fleet credit cards and other specialized payment products for businesses (NYSE: FLT); and Pediatrix Medical Group, a comprehensive provider of neonatology services and other health solutions that was later renamed Mednax (NYSE: MD). Mr. Evans was also a member of the initial Board of Directors of the Vanderbilt University Medical Center, after its 2016 spinoff from Vanderbilt University. Prior to joining Summit Partners in Boston in 1986, he sold mainframe computers for IBM in Louisville, Kentucky. Mr. Evans is a graduate of Huntington High School in Huntington, West Virginia and attended Vanderbilt as a recipient of a James W. Stewart, Jr. Honor Scholarship in Engineering. He graduated from the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with a BE in Mechanical Engineering and Economics in 1981. He also received an MBA from the Harvard Business School in 1986. Mr. Evans resides in Boston with his wife and they are parents of several recent Vanderbilt graduates.