Dr. Victor J. Boschini, Jr.
Sadler Hall 4001
Texas Christian University is approaching its sesquicentennial in 2023, prompting plans for celebration as well as reflection upon TCU’s rich heritage and traditions over the span of 150 years. Chancellor Victor J. Boschini is the 10th Chancellor and follows in the footsteps of other strong leaders with each chancellor taking TCU to new heights.
Chancellor and TCU’s First Lady Megan Boschini consider themselves fortunate to have been a part of the University for the past 16 years. During that time, they have set a tone as a couple that emphasizes a “place at the table” for all members of the ever-growing TCU community. In his message at commencement, the Chancellor promotes the importance of civility in today’s society, challenging graduates to perform acts of kindness and assume the best in others. This “be kind—pass it on” message is vintage Chancellor Boschini and part of the growing movement of inclusiveness on campus. Chancellor Boschini considers himself fortunate to have a great partner in his wife, Megan, as they work together to advance all things TCU in a variety of venues.
TCU today is much different from the tiny prairie school that the Clark brothers, Addison and Randolph, started back in 1873.
The TCU of today is a vibrant learning community with approximately 11,000 students (9,500 undergraduates and 1500 graduate students) and over 2,300 faculty/staff members. Combine the TCU student body and workforce with the almost 90,000 living graduates and you have a thriving enterprise where students come first and faculty and staff are valued for the enormous contribution they make to the growth and development of their students.
Topping the list of TCU’s academic initiatives is the recent launch of the new TCU and UNTHSC School of Medicine in Fort Worth. This new college with classes on the TCU campus will eventually produce 240 MDs in Fort Worth with specialized training as empathetic medical professionals who treat patients with compassion and ingenuity. Referred to as Dorman Scholars, the first class of students began their studies on July 8, 2019. The Chancellor is extremely grateful to local philanthropist, H. Paul Dorman for agreeing to provide full scholarships to each member of this inaugural class.
While TCU has grown in both size and splendor, its upward trajectory toward greater distinction as an institution has been guided since 2003 by its strategic process, Vision in Action. TCU is currently in the third phase of the strategic process, Vision in Action: Lead On. Under the direction of the Board of Trustees, the strategic plan includes four goals centered on 1) strengthening academic profile and reputation; 2) strengthening endowment; 3) strengthening the TCU experience and campus culture; and 4) strengthening the workforce: both employees and graduates. The Board also outlined a priority commitment to several building projects over the next three to five years.
Three themes that have emerged as foundational to TCU’s institutional goals and key to the University’s strategic priorities include diversity and inclusion; a highly engaging TCU academic and student life experience; and student support with an integrated and holistic student success model. Efforts are underway to implement the plan in alignment with annual budgeting and assessment, with development of a dashboard to monitor progress over the course of the next few years.
Fundraising is in progress for institutional priorities embodied in this bold and ambitious strategic plan, with TCU currently in the leadership gift phase of The Campaign for TCU. At the April 2019 meeting of the Board of Trustees, the Board approved a $1 billion campaign goal. This goal signifies the Board’s intent to sustain momentum at a critical time with strong leadership in place, to solidify TCU’s place among its peer aspirant schools, and to deliver real-world impact. The public phase of the campaign will commence in October 2019 with a series of kick-off events across the country over the next 12-18 months.
— Sue McClellan, Student Affairs
Chancellor and Mrs. Boschini are actively engaged on campus and in the greater Fort Worth community, which strengthens the stature of TCU as Fort Worth’s University. The Boschinis frequently host groups of students, faculty/staff and graduates at Minor House and attend a variety of campus events and activities. Typically, they participate in Frog Camp where they enjoy meeting new students each summer. In the past, they have been privileged to accompany incoming students to London, Paris and Seville along with Washington, D.C., Savannah and our very own Fort Worth. Dr. Boschini also teaches a class called The American University Experience each fall in the College of Education.
As First Lady, Megan Boschini has made it her goal to showcase TCU in the best light possible—from entertaining countless groups at their home to interacting with students on campus in various fine arts and athletic settings. She has been active in a variety of community boards and organizations, and currently serves on the board of Gill Children’s Services. In December 2018, Mrs. Boschini teamed up with Jacqueline Dixon as well as staff and family members of Sodexo Food Service and Catholic Charities Fort Worth to host the inaugural A Very Purple Christmas, an event designed to bring together families in need for a holiday meal.
Chancellor Boschini currently serves as Chair of the Big 12 Conference and will serve in that role for another year. In addition, he sits on the boards of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Van Cliburn Foundation, Moncrief Cancer Institute, and the University of Mount Union Board of Trustees. Chancellor Boschini recently received recognition from the Institute of International Education with the IIE Centennial Medal.
Chancellor Boschini came to TCU from Illinois State University, where he served as president, vice president for student affairs, and associate professor in the Department of Educational Administration and Foundations. Prior to that, he held administrative and teaching positions at Butler and Indiana universities.
Chancellor and Mrs. Boschini are committed to ensuring that TCU continues on the pathway toward reaching its vision as a world-class, values-centered university, and one that offers a premier campus experience. They both believe that we share the responsibility—and the honor—to shape and transform the leaders who will shape and transform our world.
- President and associate professor of education, Illinois State University, 1999-2003
- Vice president for student affairs, Illinois State University, 1997-1999
- Associate provost, Butler University, 1990-1997
- Administrative posts, Indiana University, 1984-1990
- Past President, Board of Directors, Independent Colleges and Universities of Texas (ICUT)
- Past Chair, Board of Directors, National Association of Independent Colleges & Universities (NAICU)
- Past Chair, Executive Board, Mountain West Conference
- Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra
- Van Cliburn Foundation
- State Farm Company Mutual Funds
- Council for International Exchange of Scholars, the organization that selects and supervises Fulbright Scholars
- Moncrief Cancer Institute Board
- Trustee, University of Mount Union
- Big 12 Representative, NCAA Presidential Forum
While working at DePauw University, Victor Boschini’s life changed when he met Megan McAuliffe. They married in 1984 while she was completing her master’s degree at St. Louis University. He credits Megan for making him a better person and for inspiring him to be the leader he is today. Together they have four children: TCU graduates Elizabeth Anne, Mary Catherine, and Edward Mark; and Margaret Ellen.
Since moving to Fort Worth more than 15 years ago, Victor and Megan have been involved in just about every aspect of TCU. Currently, they are working to help advance the University through the current campaign for financial support. They’ve also been instrumental in revitalizing the physical campus.
Like her husband, Megan is involved in a variety of activities in the city of Fort Worth. Currently, she serves on the Board for Gill Charity, Inc. She is also committed to enhancing what is known as The TCU Experience for each student. Her visibility on campus and in the community at large serves as a vivid reminder that she is dedicated to the forward momentum of the University. Regarded by the University’s alumni and supporters as the consummate first lady, Megan represents TCU in a unique fashion and in a variety of settings.
Dr. and Mrs. Boschini are members of the Addison & Randolph Clark Society at the Centurion level, members of the Chancellor’s Council, and members of the TCU Frog Club. Both can be found at a variety of events across campus on any given day. They also spend a considerable amount of time traveling across the state and country, advocating for TCU.
- Bachelor’s degree, Mount Union College
- Master of Arts degree in personnel, Bowling Green State University
- Doctorate in higher education administration, Indiana University