Carroll College President

President Dr. Thomas Evans chats with students on the steps of St. Charles Hall.

President Thomas M. Evans, PhD

A Time of Transition

Dr. Thomas Evans announced on June 1, 2017 that he has accepted the position of president of the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio, Texas. “It has been a genuine honor and a privilege to serve Carroll College for the past five years,” said Dr. Evans in a letter to the college community. “I am extremely proud of all that has been achieved through your hard work and dedication. What we have accomplished together is incredible.” Read the full press release. 

On December 20, 2011, after a national search, Dr. Thomas M. Evans was selected as the 16th president of Carroll College. Dr. Evans was inaugurated on November 5, 2012, with his term at Carroll starting in June 2012.

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, where he established himself as a thought leader in expanding global education opportunities. His interest in international cultural and educational exchange is rooted in his upbringing by multilingual parents, his major in Japanese at Georgetown University, and his studies at Keio University’s Center for Japanese Language and Culture in Tokyo. Dr. Evans is conversant in both Japanese and French.

Dr. Evans also discovered his calling to become Catholic and minor in theology while at Georgetown. 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.

Strategic Vision
Dr. Evans has led in the development of a bold, visionary strategic plan for Carroll College, invigorating the college’s campus planning efforts. Immediate changes to campus can be seen in the completion of two new campus apartment buildings that opened in May 2014; the creation of the E.L. Wiegand Integrated Research & Learning Lab, which features one of only three Nuclear Magnetic Resonance Spectrometers in higher education research; and the start of a 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 alumnus Dr. Earl Heller—both to begin funding for a new chapel building. Another transformational $1.5 million gift was received from Gustavo Artaza, president and CEO of International Students 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 in South Korea, Japan, France, Spain, Chile, and Morocco. Another $1 million received from Howard Hughes Medical Institute has enabled the college to further its infectious disease research.

Innovative Programming
Dr. Evans has initiated several innovative new programs, including 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.

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.