Dr. Thomas M. Evans was named as the tenth president of the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017. His areas of responsibility include management of UIW and two high schools operated by the university, Incarnate Word High School and St. Anthony Catholic High School.
Dr. Evans previously served as president of Carroll College, a Catholic institution in Helena, Montana. Prior to Carroll, he was as an associate vice president at St. Edwards University in Austin, where he was responsible for the university’s professional education and global initiatives.
During his term as the sixteenth president of Carroll, Dr. Evans developed and implemented Vision 2018, a strategic plan to achieve institutional objectives concerning mission, enrollment, academic excellence and fiscal strength.
He raised all of Carroll’s lead gifts, with emphasis on Mind Body Spirit, a Capital Campaign of $20 million during which nearly $45 million was raised. This included a $5 million gift, the largest in school history, as well as gifts of $2.5 million and $1.5 million. Carroll also added the E.L. Wiegand Integrated Research & Learning Lab. It features one of only three Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers of its kind used in higher education research in the United States.
Carroll expanded its athletics program during his presidency through the addition of men’s soccer and women’s softball. Dr. Evans also designed and implemented Merit Badge University, an on-campus leadership experience for Boy Scouts in Montana and neighboring states.
Dr. Evans is a member of many professional and civic organizations. He serves on the advisory board for International Studies Abroad and the presidential conversations task force of the Association of Catholic Colleges and Universities.
He has been recognized with numerous awards during his career. These include being selected as an Outstanding Eagle Scout by the National Eagle Scout Association.
Dr. Evans, who is conversant in French and Japanese, holds a Ph.D. in Higher Education Administration from the University of Texas at Austin; a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from UT-Austin; and a Bachelor of Science in Language Arts with a minor in Theology from Georgetown University. His interest in international cultural and educational exchange is rooted in his upbringing by multilingual parents and his studies at Keio University’s Center for Japanese Language and Culture in Tokyo.
He has also participated in several national leadership programs, including Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management and Seminar on Advancement Leadership for Presidents.
A native of Austin, Dr. Evans and his wife, Lisa, have two sons. Mrs. Evans has a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from UT-Austin.