TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. was named Fort Worth’s Outstanding Citizen May 1 by the Exchange Club of Fort Worth, which launched the annual award in 1924 by recognizing for the late Fort Worth Star-Telegram publisher Amon Carter as the first recipient.
“I was humbled, and honored, to receive the Golden Deeds Award – especially after I read the list of previous winners,” Boschini said a day later.
“I also want to make sure that everyone knows that if I accomplished anything, it was done with the immense help of my great wife, Megan,” he said.
The Golden Deeds award recognizes a person for exceptional service to the community.
Boschini came to TCU in 2003 as the university’s 10th chancellor. He previously was president and associate professor of education at Illinois State University.
Boschini teaches a freshman course each year in the College of Education, where he holds the rank of professor.
But, as he notes, it is a family affair. He and his wife became Horned Frog parents for the fourth time when their youngest daughter, Margaret, joined the class of 2018.
Boschini received his bachelor’s degree from Mount Union College ¬– now University of Mount Union and a master of arts degree in personnel from Bowling Green State University, both in Ohio, and a doctorate in higher education administration from Indiana University.
The Boschinis entertain students, faculty, staff, alumni and supporters of the university in their home. Both are also frequent participants in scores of campus events annually.
Boschini’s tenure at TCU has come during a period of unprecedented support from alumni, parents and friends that has enabled the university to create a world-class, values-centered university experience for its approximately 10,000 students.
Working in concert with the TCU Board of Trustees, members from across the campus community launched the Vision in Action strategic process that served as the map for growth and development on TCU campus.
An impressive agenda was funded by the $434 million Campaign for TCU, resulting in the doubling of scholarship support for talented and deserving undergraduates and construction of more than a dozen academic facilities and residence halls.
¬– New Brown-Lupton University Union and Campus Commons
– Renovation of Amon G. Carter Stadium
– Construction of Intellectual Commons on the east side of campus
– Establishment of John V. Roach Honors College
– Membership in Big 12 Conference
– New M.D. School in collaboration with UNT Health Science Center
– Renovation of the Daniel-Meyer Athletic Complex featuring the Ed and Rae Schollmaier Coliseum (Schollmaier previously received the Golden Deeds Award)
Boschini sits on the board of the State Farm Company Mutual Funds, as well as the boards of the Fort Worth Symphony Orchestra, the Van Cliburn Foundation and the Moncrief Cancer Institute. Megan Boschini is also involved in a variety of activities in Fort Worth and is a frequent guest at events intended to improve the welfare of the community. She currently serves on the board of directors for Gill Charities Inc., where she is also board chair.
– Paul K. Harral