C-SPAN co-founder is ULS 2019 Distinguished Alumnus

By: Maria Allard | Grosse Pointe Times | Published February 6, 2019

 John Evans

John Evans


GROSSE POINTE WOODS — Every spring, former students of University Liggett School gather for the annual Alumni Weekend celebration.

The event is a chance for past graduates to relive their glory days at Liggett, become acquainted with each other, and get a look at the updates and changes the school has undergone over the years. This year’s Alumni Weekend is set for May 17-18.

Every year, an outstanding graduate is named “Distinguished Alumnus,” and this year, the honor was given to 1962 graduate John Evans. The former metro Detroit resident graduated from the school when it was known as Grosse Pointe University School, one of University Liggett School’s predecessor schools.

Since his time at Liggett, Evans has made a name for himself in the telecommunications world. According to a Liggett press release, the “Distinguished Alumnus is the chairman and CEO of Evans Telecommunications, which is an investment, consulting and operating company in the cable television and telecommunications industries. The business executive and philanthropist co-founded C-SPAN with Brian Lamb in March 1979.

“Whatever success I have enjoyed, is in large part is due to the strong education, grounding, direction and social interactions I received at GPUS,” Evans said in a prepared statement.

The University of Michigan graduate also is the founder of the John D. Evans Foundation. Evans serves as co-chair of Dr. Robert Gallo’s Advisory Board at the University of Maryland’s Institute of Human Virology in Baltimore. Evans lives with his partner, Steve Wozencraft, and has two children, John Jr. and Courtenay.

“We are delighted to present John with our school’s highest alumni honor, the Distinguished Alumni Award,” Director of Alumni Relations Katie Durno said. “We look forward to welcoming him back to school to honor and celebrate him this spring.”

Past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients include Washington Post foreign correspondent Keith Richburg, Class of 1976; Businesswoman Denise Ilitch, Class of 1973;  federal magistrate Judge Nita Stormes, Class of 1972; and broadcast news journalist Miles O’Brien, Class of 1977.

Liggett’s alumni community includes everyone who attended Liggett and its predecessor schools, which include Detroit University School, The Liggett School, Grosse Pointe Country Day School and Grosse Pointe University School. Last year’s Alumni Weekend drew 300 alumni