About the President

Texas Wesleyan University President Frederick G. Slabach

President Slabach set a bold course for the University and the revitalization of East Fort Worth with the 2020 Strategic Vision.

‌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 an emerging academic and economic center.‌

President Slabach is committed to academic programming that fosters critical thinking skills and prepares students for graduate school and professional careers.

In Fall 2015, the University unveiled the completed Rosedale Renaissance project to an overwhelmingly positive response from the Dallas-Fort Worth community. 

President Frederick G. Slabach's project and fundraising success.

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 Rosedale Ave., the headquarters of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church, a renovated historic Polytechnic Firehouse housing art classrooms, and the iconic Canafax Clock Tower.

In 2013, the University reported a 96 percent increase in applications.

In addition to the revitalization of East Fort Worth, President Slabach set a bold course for the University with the 2020 Vision, a strategic plan that calls for academic programming to prepare students for graduate school and professional careers, renewed focus on campus enhancement and an increase in both residential student and overall student populations.

President Slabach also oversaw the creation and development of the University’s award-winning "Smaller. Smarter." marketing campaign, which distinguishes the University on the benefits of its intentionally small size. The campaign has won 35 marketing and advertising awards since its inception in Fall 2012.

On campus, major renovations of University residence halls and dining facilities, as well as energy-savings infrastructure projects have allowed the University to attract and retain bright, motivated students. Lectures from renowned speakers, including Former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, have made Texas Wesleyan a focal point for intellectual engagement in Fort Worth.

For the last two years, the University has achieved a Department of Education Financial Responsibility Score of 3.0, the highest possible score possible.

2020 Vision in Focus: Renovations at Dora's Cafe

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-levels 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.

President Slabach has an 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.

In 2015, he was named treasurer of the Independent College & Universities of Texas Board of Directors. He serves as the Treasurer of the Board of The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, is a member of the board of the Texas United Methodist College Association and is the Board Chair of the Development Corporation of Tarrant County. 

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.

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Location: Oneal-Sells Administration Building
Address: 1201 Wesleyan St.
Fort Worth, Texas 76105
Phone: 817-531-4401

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