Evangelical Sociology Professor at Notre Dame Converts to Catholicism
When a Catholic leaves the Church for evangelicalism, they usually didn't accept the teachings of the Church (regarding no contraception, no divorce etc) and did not believe or know that Jesus is truly present at every mass, ie they were not devout. It seems that when an evangelical leaves for Catholicism, it was after a period of intense study, prayer and reflection. Some of the most recent converts held positions at Baylor and Wheaton and the Evangelical Theological Society so these conversions cannot be easily dismissed as evangelicals who are simply "abandoning the gospel for the false pretenses of Rome." (Dr. James White on Dr. Francis Beckwith's conversion 2007) More often than not, the Catholic convert from evangelicalism finds a richness in his spiritual life that was not there before which often manifests itself in a new desire as well as an empowerment to follow Christ and avoid the pitfalls of sin and temptation. I have seen this personally in my own life and have heard other converts describe a similar experience.
On a more humorous note:
See my 2007 post written in response to the many evangelical professors and theologians converting to the Catholic faith. The good news for Dr. Smith, converting to Catholicism at a Catholic University won't affect his ability to obtain tenure!