About the President
Frederick G. Slabach
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.
In 2013, President Slabach raised more than $80 million in capital and fundraising for the University. He completed a $6.7 million capital campaign for the Rosedale enaissance project, which broke ground in November 2013, and will reshape the campus and surrounding area with a landmark clock tower and campus entryway, a Business Accelerator where students and faculty can work with local entrepreneurs to grow and start businesses and the new home of the Central Texas Conference of the United Methodist Church Service Center.
In coordination with the project, $1.875 million in streetscape improvements for the four blocks in front of campus will create an attractive front door for the University and $32 million in public funding will provide streetscape improvements for the entire Rosedale corridor
President Slabach negotiated a $73.2 million dollar sale of Texas Wesleyan University School of Law to Texas A&M University that was realized in August, 2013. The deal allowed the law school to continue its growth under the name the Texas A&M School of Law and empowered Texas Wesleyan to focus on student success and renewal of the University-area urban landscape.
In addition to his efforts to revitalize East Fort Worth, President Slabach set a bold course for the University with the 2020 University Strategic Plan, which calls for academic programming that prepares students for graduate school and professional careers, renewed focus on campus enhancement, and an increase in both residential student and overall student populations. As a result of this plan, Texas Wesleyan now has more students living on campus than ever before. The University also welcomed its largest and highest-performing class in 2013, and the University’s accreditation was reaffirmed for a 10-year period by SACSCOC in 2013.
As part of that strategic planning, the University launched its successful “Smaller. Smarter.” advertising campaign, which increased awareness in the Dallas-Fort Worth Metroplex. The campaign highlights Texas Wesleyan’s focus on small classes, engaging faculty and critical thinking. In 2013, the University reported a 96 percent increase in applications.
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.
In 2013, he was named a member 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, and a member of the boards of the Texas United Methodist College Association and 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.