Since assuming the role in 2011, Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach has developed and executed a bold agenda that cultivates student critical thinking and revitalizes Texas Wesleyan’s home in East Fort Worth as a vibrant academic and economic center.
These strategic initiatives are all part of the University’s 2020 Vision, a strategic plan to make Texas Wesleyan a leader in innovative education in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex.
Over the past five years, the University has made more than $50 million in capital improvements to the campus, and the University endowment has doubled. Freshman applications have increased 400 percent, and overall enrollment has increased more than 15 percent since 2011. Residential students have exceeded strategic plan goals. In Fall 2017, football returned to Texas Wesleyan for the first time in more than 75 years.
Slabach has provided leadership in developing new, innovative academic programming to meet the needs of today’s ever-changing higher education landscape, while remaining committed to the university’s core mission of emphasizing critical thinking and analytical reasoning. The University launched its online MBA program in Fall 2017. The program is fully online and can be completed in as little as a year.
The University unveiled the completed Rosedale Renaissance project in November 2015 to an overwhelmingly positive response from the Dallas-Fort Worth community.
The project, which was the result of more than $6.75 million in funds raised by the University, and more than $32 million in city and county funds, added major street improvements to E. Rosedale St., the headquarters of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, a renovated historic Polytechnic Firehouse housing art classrooms and an art gallery, and the iconic Canafax Clock Tower.
Slabach took a bold stance at the beginning of his presidency, making an immediate investment in marketing & branding to raise the awareness of Texas Wesleyan, define the University’s identity and increase enrollment. The campaign has won more than 90 advertising and marketing awards since its inception in 2012. Most significantly, the campaign has raised the awareness and perception of Texas Wesleyan more than any other university in North Texas and has played a key role in surpassing enrollment goals ahead of schedule.
Prior to joining Texas Wesleyan as President, Slabach was CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in Washington D.C. He was dean of the Texas Wesleyan University School of Law from 2003 to 2006. He has served in senior-level positions at the state and national level of government. He was Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations and Counsel to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; Legislative Counsel to the President Pro Tem of the U.S. Senate; and a senior assistant to the Governor of Mississippi.
Slabach is treasurer of the Independent College & Universities of Texas Board of Directors and serves on the board of directors of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the United Methodist Church. He also serves on the Committee on Tax Policy for the National Association of Independent College and Universities, is the treasurer of the board of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, and is a board member of the Texas United Methodist College Association. Additionally, Slabach is the board chair of the Development Corporation of Tarrant County and on the board of Fort Worth Sister Cities.
President Slabach has a LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, a J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law and a B.S. from Mississippi College. He is married to the Pulitzer Prize-nominated author Melany Neilson. They have twin sons and a daughter.