Crystal Churchwell Evans joins Fisk University as VP of Development and Alumni Affairs

NASHVILLE, Tenn. – Crystal Churchwell Evans, former director of development for the Frist Art Museum, has joined Fisk University as vice president of development and alumni affairs, according to Dr. Agenia Clark, the university’s president.

“Crystal brings a wealth of knowledge in business, community partnerships and communications to Fisk and I am excited to have her join our team,” said Dr. Clark. “Crystal not only has extensive experience in organizational development, she also has a long-standing connection to the institution, as her grandfather – a Fisk alumnus – met her grandmother while she was a student at Fisk. Passionate about community involvement and social justice, Crystal embodies values ​​deeply embedded in the university’s mission and we are pleased to welcome her to Fisk.”

For nearly six years, Evans served as director of development at the Frist Art Museum, demonstrating her strong leadership and dedication to the museum’s growth. In this capacity, she oversaw several revenue streams, managed a team of ten employees, and worked closely with the CEO. Evans’ tenure at Frist was highlighted by her implementation of impactful fundraising initiatives, maintaining donor connections and improving organizational processes – all of which have contributed significantly to the museum’s financial prosperity.

In addition to her development skills, Evans’ experience working with renowned Fortune 500 companies such as Mars and SC Johnson allowed her to gain strategic marketing skills. Her expertise in communications will be extremely valuable in crafting persuasive campaigns aimed at strengthening investments in the university and fostering long-term community partnerships.

Most recently, Evans served as a strategic marketing advisor at Launch Tennessee, a 501(c)3 public-private partnership that supports an ecosystem for increased entrepreneurship and innovation in Tennessee.

“I am thrilled to be working at a university with such a rich history and an exciting future,” said Evans. “I look forward to working with such talented and experienced professionals at Fisk and am truly honored to join this well-resourced team.”

Evans’ commitment goes beyond professional excellence; her active involvement in the Nashville community demonstrates her commitment to community impact. Additionally, her passion for education – underscored by her co-chair and volunteer experience at her alma mater, Wellesley College – makes her a valuable asset to Fisk University.

Evans is a graduate of Wellesley College and Vanderbilt University, Owen Graduate School of Management.

About Fisk University

Fisk University, a highly ranked historically black university, is the oldest institution of higher education in Nashville, Tennessee. Fisk’s outstanding faculty and students enhance the university’s international reputation for academic excellence. Fisk offers more than 20 undergraduate and graduate programs in biology, chemistry, physics and clinical psychology. For more information, visit

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