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The 10th chancellor in Texas Christian University‘s storied history, Dr. Victor Boschini, Jr., takes pride that the university still follows in the footsteps of university founders, Addison and Randolph Clark, nurturing the campus’ student-oriented culture.
To maintain that culture, the university board has frozen the size of the TCU student body at 10,000, which allows students to know their professors; “maybe have dinner with them,” Boschini says.
The board also is building a dozen dormitories with the goal of housing every student on campus, he says.
The result: TCU has one of the highest retention rates for sophomores of any college or university. Compared to a national retention rate of about 50 percent, TCU typically welcomes back 91 percent of its freshman for their second year.
“It is still possible for a student to graduate in four years,” Boschini says. “Parents really like that.”
For him, the opportunity to lead TCU for 13 years is “a calling, not a job.” Boschini has presided over a fundraising campaign that netted the university more than $400 million. During his tenure, the university has also built the Brown-Lupton University Union and Campus Commons, constructed the Intellectual Commons on the east side of campus, established the John V. Roach Honors College, renovated the Amon G. Carter Stadium and the Daniel-Meyer Coliseum and joined the Big 12 Conference.
Each semester, Professor Boschini finds his way to the classroom, teaching a freshman course in the College of Education. He and his wife, Megan, entertain students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters in their home. The Boschinis also participate frequently in campus events when they are not traveling for the university or attending a summer Frog Camp for new students in London or Paris.
For the future, the board has charged the Chancellor with raising TCU’s academic standing through an emphasis on recruitment. In hopes of persuading more students with high achievement test scores to choose TCU, Boschini says the university continually improves the educational experience it offers by recruiting some of the nation’s top faculty.
“We have a great faculty now, but we are always adding new members,” he says.
The often humble Chancellor is quick to give credit for TCU’s success to others. “We have an amazing team. I am blessed. I just try not to screw it up.”
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