2017 Bryan School Distinguished Alumna


Joan Evans, ’94 MBA

Cone Health

Executive Vice President, Innovation & Transformation

Joan Evans was promoted to executive vice president of innovation and transformation in May 2014. Evans is responsible for helping leaders and other Cone Health employees develop innovative ways of improving quality, service and cost. Evans also has responsibility for the Cone Health Office of Patient Experience, organizational and leadership development, culture transformation, the Cone Health Lean Office and the enterprise portfolio management function.

Prior to her current position, Evans was vice president of organizational effectiveness and performance. Evans joined Cone Health in 1981 as a physical therapist. She has since served in various roles including vice president of rehabilitation, vice president of health services and chief learning officer.

Evans earned an MBA degree from the Bryan School of Business & Economics at University of North Carolina at Greensboro (UNCG) and a bachelor’s degree in physical therapy from the Medical College of Virginia at Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond. She also is a graduate of the NeuroLeadership Institute™ with a certification in neuroleadership, and is a certified ontological executive coach.

Evans is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives. She also serves on the Bryan School of Business at UNCG, the Elon University Board of Advisors and the board of the Greensboro Science Center.

On behalf of Dean Banks, the Bryan School and the alumni community, we salute Joan on this well deserved accolade.