San Antonio - At a press conference held Tuesday, June 13, Dr. Thomas Evans, the newly appointed 10th president of the University of the Incarnate Word, was officially introduced to the community. An announcement regarding Evans’ selection as president was issued on June 1, when both the Board of Trustees and the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word approved his appointment.
Chair of the UIW Board of Trustees Charlie Lutz welcomed the crowd of nearly 400. An invocation was led by Sr. Audrey O’Mahony, CCVI, Chairperson of the U.S. Ministry Council and a member of the founding congregation the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word. Trustee and Chairman of the Presidential Search Committee Bobby Rosenthal introduced the search committee and outlined the search process. Lutz then introduced Evans to the community outlining a list of accomplishments, which led to his selection as president.
“We are thrilled to welcome Dr. Thomas Evans and his family to our UIW community. Tom has led significant growth at Carroll College and positively influenced all aspects of their operations. He will be an excellent leader for UIW’s future,” Charlie Lutz, chairman UIW Board of Trustees.
As UIW President, Evans will lead the largest Catholic university in Texas, with a global enrollment of over 11,000 students who reflect the racial and ethnic diversity of South Texas. UIW is also the largest private Hispanic Serving Institution in Texas with over 1000 employees, an economic impact of $100 million annually and over 30,000 alumni.
“I am humbled and excited to be chosen as the next president of the University of the Incarnate Word. I believe in the Mission of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word and look forward to continuing the incredible work that has been done to grow the university,” said Dr. Thomas Evans, UIW President-Elect.
For the past five years, Evans has served as president of Carroll College in Helena, Montana. Prior to his time at Carroll College, Evans served at St. Edwards University in Austin, Texas for 16 years in various roles including associate vice president of professional education and global initiatives. He will begin fulltime at UIW starting Aug. 1.
Evans holds both a Master of Arts in Asian studies and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He earned a Bachelor of Science in language arts from the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University.
Evans and his wife, Lisa, have two sons, Walter and Leland.
Dr. Thomas M. Evans was named as the tenth president of the University of the Incarnate Word in 2017. UIW, located in San Antonio, is the largest Catholic university in Texas and the third largest private university in the state based on a global enrollment of 11,422 students.
Dr. Evans previously served as president of Carroll College, a Catholic university in Helena, Montana. Prior to Carroll, Dr. Evans 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. Other service includes the conference review committee of the National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics (NAIA) and the board of directors of the Helena Chamber of Commerce.
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 children, Walter who is 16, and Leland, who is nine. Mrs. Evans received a Bachelor of Science in Foreign Service from Georgetown University and a Master of Arts in Asian Studies from UT-Austin.
The search committee was comprised of members of the board of trustees, the faculty, the executive committee of the board and students.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Ramona Parker, Edward Leos, Marcos Fragroso, Sr. Audrey O'Mahony, CCVI, Jacob Bloodworth, Dr. Elda Martinez, Bobby Rosenthal and Jack Lewis. Not pictured: Scott Beckendorf.