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Evans Ballard joined the School of Government as adjunct instructor for the MPA Program in 2015. He was the first person in North Carolina to be designated as a certified budget and evaluation officer. He is a member and the past president of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association. Besides serving GFOA as a budget reviewer, he represents Salisbury in the North Carolina Benchmarking Project at the School of Government. Ballard has experience in analysis, budgeting, performance measurement, citizen-surveying, and conducting community focus groups. Originally from Indianapolis, Ballard is an Eagle Scout and a veteran who served on active duty as a non-commissioned officer in an infantry company in both the US and Europe. Ballard has taught as an adjunct, holds MPA and BA degrees, and has completed both the Municipal Administration Course at UNC and the LEAD program at UVA.