Evelyn J. Bata is a clinical counselor and University of Maryland University College professor. Prominent in the field of education, business, and women’s issues, she holds two masters degrees and two doctorates in education, counseling, psychology, and gerontology and has taught on military bases in Europe and Japan and currently in Maryland.
Bata presents nationally and internationally on cyber teaching and the global university, non-traditional women’s studies and personal growth, men and a changing environment, aging, and other contemporary issues at universities in China, South Africa, the Czech Republic, and meetings in Europe and the U.S.
Her support for student education is reflected in her creation of University of Maryland University College scholarship funds for military families in Europe and Asia (2001, 2006). She has provided generous gifts for traditional students in the U.S. at Washington Adventist University (2007, 2013), as well as funding to initiate a mentoring program at Montgomery College to help students transition to a four year academic program (2008-2010).
Bata has played a trail-blazing role in her own right and as an advocate for women in general. She broke through the class ceiling for women on corporate boards when she was elected as the first woman director of Suburban Bank (1977), continuing as a director of Sovran Bank and NationsBank of Maryland. As the only woman on the five-member Prince Georges County Personnel Board, she raised the consciousness of members regarding harassment of women and championed objective decisions, and as the first elected chairperson of the Commission for Women in Prince Georges County (1973), she formed a task force on spousal assault and chaired public hearings on battering. This was an impetus to establish a safe house for women and for domestic violence legislation.
As President of the Maryland State Women’s Political Caucus, Bata chaired a “Win with Women” program, involving state and national elected leaders and women candidates, and as program chair of the Maryland Federation of Business and Professional Women, she spearheaded the first statewide conference on Economy, Employment, and EEO attended by representatives from business, colleges, unions, and government.
Bata has served on the Maryland Department of Economic and Community Development Advisory Commission, the Maryland State Tourism Task force, the Metropolitan Washington Council of Governments Economic Development Council, the White House Conference on Small Business Selection Board, and the Governor’s Small Business Roundtable.
She was a mental health member of an American Red Cross Disaster team deployed in response to Hurricane Katrina, 2005 and Hurricane Gustave, 2008. She also served as a court appointed special advocate for abused children and as a long term care ombudsman in Montgomery County.
Bata is the recipient of numerous awards and has been featured in Women of Achievement in Maryland History, appeared on radio and television interviews, and has authored and is cited in education, counseling, and business articles.