Special to the LOGOS
Dr. Thomas M. Evans, the University of the Incarnate Word’s 10th president, has been greeting people, giving speeches and doing a lot of listening since taking office Aug. 1.
Following a national search with the help of a consulting firm and a diverse search committee, UIW Board of Trustees formally introduced Evans as the new president to an overflow crowd June 13 at an official media and community event in McCombs Center Rosenberg Sky Room.
Until coming to UIW, Evans had served the past five years as president of Carroll College, a Catholic school in Helena, Mont. Prior to Carroll, Evans served at St. Edward’s University in Austin, having risen through the ranks in various roles ultimately to associate vice president of professional education and global initiatives.
Evans, who was born in Amarillo, holds a bachelor’s degree in language arts from the School of Languages and Linguistics at Georgetown University, and master’s degree in Asian studies and a Ph.D. in higher education administration from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Lisa, have two sons: Walter and Leland.
On his first day in his first-floor, Buckley-Mitchell Advancement Center office, Evans sent an e-mail thanking the UIW community for welcoming him and his family.
“All of us are so grateful for the warm reception we received during the community welcome event held in the Sky Room in June,” he wrote. “We appreciated all of the well-wishes from so many of you on what was a special and blessed day.
“I now look forward to getting to know this wonderful community better. If you see me walking around campus, please stop me and say hello. I would like to know more about you and what led you to join this extraordinary university.”