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Walking In Lockstep With Your President: Incarnate Word’s Evans And Wickstrom

Guest Dr. Thomas Evans (President) & Dr. Brian Wickstrom (Director of Athletics)- University of the Incarnate Word
37:33 minutes watch


Highlighting Incarnate Word President Dr. Thomas Evans and Director of Athletics Dr. Brian Wickstrom on working together to find quick success in athletics and across the greater campus. Evans discusses his vision for the university and how athletics fits into the broad scope of UIW’s unique campus setup. The conversation includes President-AD communication strategies, involving the President in facility design and the very institutionally-specific way UIW evaluates potential hires.


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  • - How does athletics fit into your presidential vision? (Evans)
  • - How have you helped execute the President’s vision as the Director of Athletics? (Wickstrom)
  • - What key points did you consider when vetting the UIW AD job? (Wickstrom)
  • - What were you looking for in a new AD? (Evans)
  • - UIW is the only Division I Catholic Institution in a broad area of the United States. How does that help with recruiting, both academically and athletically?
  • - What is your approach to leadership through the lens of things you’ve learned throughout your career? (Wickstrom)
  • - From a president’s perspective, how important is the “coaching tree” that someone comes from when hiring? (Evans)
  • - What is the method for evaluating potential hires at UIW?
  • - How have you evolved in communicating with each other?
  • - What is the communication process when designing new facilities?
  • - What are some things you have learned from the president that you will take with you throughout your career? (Wickstrom)
  • - General thoughts on the relationship between a President & AD (Evans)
  • - How creative ideas in athletics can help academics?
  • - Getting to know Student-Athletes