For 145 years, TCU has maintained its identity as a person-centered, residential, liberal arts school. We place great emphasis on building and sustaining relationships between students, faculty, staff and the community – an aspect of the TCU experience that has carried us to national recognition and competition.
Michael Lee Stallard, author of Connection Culture: The Competitive Advantage of Shared Identity, Empathy and Understanding at Work, has described TCU’s culture as a “connection culture.”
The leadership style of Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr., which comes from his innate desire to connect with those around him, has strengthened this culture. The Chancellor’s belief that TCU should become intentional about recognizing our connection culture as one of urgent importance led to the creation of TCU’s Center for Connection Culture.
Founded in 2013 by Ann Louden, the former director of the Center for Connection Culture, and author Michael Stallard, the Center was established to protect and strengthen our commitment to connection, which is what makes TCU so notable. TCU has a connection culture that is both differentiated and relevant to higher education because of its shared group beliefs which create a unified, inclusive community.
The purpose of the Center is to instill a lifelong commitment to connection, promote connection opportunities in the TCU community, and promote the teacher/scholar model and value diverse perspectives.