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Frederick Slabach named president of Texas Wesleyan University

Texas Wesleyan University
November 25, 2010
The Board of Trustees of Texas Wesleyan University announced today that Frederick G. Slabach has been appointed as the 19th President of the University. Slabach is currently Executive Secretary and Chief Executive Officer of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation in Washington, D.C. The appointment is effective January 1, 2011.

The President-Elect spoke to the Wesleyan campus after ribbon-cutting ceremonies celebrating the opening of the new Jack and Jo Willa Morton Fitness Center.

"This is an exciting time to be a part of Texas Wesleyan University,” said Slabach. “Applications are up; admissions test scores are up; and enrollment is up. Texas Wesleyan's students receive personal attention from excellent faculty in intentionally small classes. The campus is buzzing with student activities, sports, and performing arts. Texas Wesleyan's signature undergraduate experience gives our students a new degree of confidence and prepares them for a better life. My wife Melany and I are excited to be a part of such a vibrant and thriving university that combines an exceptional undergraduate experience with excellent graduate programs."

As CEO of The Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundation, Slabach presides over a national federal government foundation dedicated to providing scholarships to exceptional college students committed to careers in public service. Along with the Rhodes, the Truman Scholarship is one of the most prestigious scholarships awarded to students in the United States. Slabach is responsible for the selection process and all programming of national scholarships as well as the financial management of the $55 million trust fund.

“Mr. Slabach was the unanimous choice of our presidential search committee, which included Wesleyan trustees, faculty, staff, students, and alumni,” said Kenneth Jones, chairman of the Board of Trustees for Texas Wesleyan. “His leadership skills and fiscal acumen are ideally suited to Wesleyan. We expect Mr. Slabach to grow our high-quality academic programs, leverage new opportunities, and strengthen our position as a leader in small, private education in North Texas.”

Slabach has 13 years of experience in legal education, including service as Dean and Professor of Law for Texas Wesleyan University School of Law. He also served as Vice Dean and Professor of Law at Florida Coastal School of Law in Jacksonville, Florida, and as Interim Dean and Associate Professor of Law at Whittier Law School in Costa Mesa, California.

Slabach also has 13 years experience in senior level positions in federal and state government, including Assistant Secretary of Agriculture for Congressional Relations and Counsel to the Secretary, U.S. Department of Agriculture; and Deputy Director/General Counsel, John C. Stennis Center for Public Service Training and Development.

Slabach earned his LL.M from Columbia University School of Law, his J.D. from the University of Mississippi School of Law, and his B.S. from Mississippi College. He is married to the Pulitzer Prize nominated author, Melany Neilson. They have twin 12-year-old sons and a six-year-old daughter.
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