SAN ANTONIO, June 15, 2017 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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 over 200. 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," said 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.
With over 130 years of tradition, the University of the Incarnate Word is committed to educational excellence in a context of faith in Jesus Christ, the Incarnate Word of God. UIW programs constitute a liberal education that fosters a well-grounded intellectual resilience, a disposition toward lifelong learning, and an acceptance of responsibility for the ethical consequences of our ideas and actions. UIW is the largest Catholic university in the state and the fourth largest private university in Texas. At UIW, we are committed to shaping good minds of strong character that will expand our world, and our universe. UIW's student body of over 11,000 students can choose from almost 90 degrees offered at the undergraduate, graduate and doctoral levels. With a beautiful main campus in the heart of San Antonio's Alamo Heights, UIW has locations throughout San Antonio, South and Central Texas, two campuses in Mexico and a European Study Center in Heidelberg, Germany. UIW is a leader in international education, with 140 "sister schools" in 44 countries. At UIW, the Universe is Yours.TM UIW is a sponsored ministry of the Sisters of Charity of the Incarnate Word.
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