On November 5, 2012, Dr. Thomas M. Evans became 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 beginning June 2012.
At the time of his presidential selection, Dr. Evans was serving 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 overseas 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.
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. Immediate changes to campus can be seen in the completion of two new campus apartment buildings that opened for students in May 2014. Through Dr. Evans’ stewardship, the college received a $1 million “Christmas gift” in December 2012 from Carroll alumnus Dr. Earl Heller, another $1 million received from the Howard Hughes Medical Institute for furthering the college’s infectious disease research, and a $1.5 million gift from Gustavo Artaza, President and CEO of International Studies Abroad (ISA), to create the Artaza Center for Excellence in Global Education. Through the creation of 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 Aisa Pacific Univerity in Beppu, Japan, Université Catholique de l'Ouest in Angers, France and Universidad Ponificia Comillas in Madrid, Spain.
Dr. Evans and his wife Lisa (a graduate of Georgetown and The University of Texas at Austin Graduate School) have two young sons: Walter and Leland.