On November 5, 2012, Dr. Thomas M. Evans was inaugurated as the 16th president of Carroll College. Dr. Evans was selected through a national search as Carroll’s new president on December 20, 2011, with his term at Carroll starting in June 2012.
Since beginning his work as president, Dr. Evans has led Carroll in its strategic planning efforts: establishing a new strategic vision, moving forward new programs and invigorating Carroll’s campus planning efforts. During his tenure, immediate changes to campus can be seen in the completion of two new campus apartment buildings that opened for students in May 2014, the creation of the E.L. Wiegand Integrated Research & Learning Lab that includes a Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometer which is one of only three found in higher education research, and the beginnings of significant remodeling to St. Charles Hall.
Through Dr. Evans’ stewardship, the college received $1.65 million from Carroll alumni Dr. James and Joan Schneller and $1.5 million from Carroll alumnus Dr. Earl Heller – both to begin funding for a new chapel building on campus. Another transformational gift of $1.5 million was received from Gustavo Artaza, President and CEO of International Studies Abroad (ISA), to create the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education. Through the Artaza Center, Dr. Evans has created abundant new study abroad and intellectual exchange programs between Carroll and colleges and universities around the world. These include Catholic University of Korea in Seoul, Korea, Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University in Beppu, Japan, Kumamoto Gakuen University in Kumamoto, Japan, Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France, Universidad Pontificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain, Universidad Técnica Federico Santa María, Valparaiso, Chile, and ISA’s Study Center in Meknes, Morocco. Another $1 million received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute in 2013 has enabled the college to further its infectious disease research.
New programs initiated by Dr. Evans include: Carroll’s Entrepreneur in Residence Program – a multidisciplinary program designed to expose students to real-world practical instruction in the formation and advancement of new business ventures that can result in viable businesses; a combined degree program with St. Edward’s University – providing an opportunity for their students to earn a Bachelor of Science degree from Carroll College; Merit Badge University – a leadership weekend on campus for Boy Scouts from Montana and neighboring states; and the addition of women’s softball and men’s soccer to our NAIA lineup and hockey as a club sport. Under Dr. Evans’ leadership Carroll has also seen improved compensation and funding for faculty development, record full-time enrollment and growth to its endowment.
Prior to coming to Carroll, Dr. Evans served as associate vice president for professional education and global initiatives at St. Edward’s University in Austin, Texas. In that role, Dr. Evans was a leader in expanding global education, including study abroad and exchange programs, while enhancing professional education programming. During his 15-year career at St. Edward’s, Dr. Evans became thoroughly knowledgeable about all aspects of higher education through work in myriad departments, including service as director of graduate admission, director for the Center for Academic Progress, dean of Graduate and Adult Services, and teaching Japanese culture and master’s thesis courses.
With an interest in international cultural and educational exchange dating back to his upbringing by multilingual parents, Dr. Evans pursued his passion for international education by majoring in Japanese at Georgetown University, during which time he studied abroad at Keio University’s Center for Japanese Language and Culture in Tokyo. He also found his calling at Georgetown to minor in theology, become a Catholic, and champion the gold standard of Catholic higher education. He went on to receive a Master of Arts in Asian studies and a PhD in educational administration from The University of Texas at Austin. In recent years, he attended Harvard University’s Institute for Educational Management. He is conversant in both Japanese and French.
Dr. Evans and his wife Lisa (a graduate of Georgetown and The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School) have two sons: Walter and Leland.