Fred Slabach

Fred Slabach From breakfast with his teenager to meeting with donors, moving campus expansion plans forward, and engaging with students, Texas Wesleyan president Fred Slabach packs in a full day.

5:45 a.m. Alarm goes off. I head to the treadmill upstairs to jumpstart my day.

7 a.m. Breakfast with my 13- year-old daughter. We discuss summer plans. She tested into the Duke TIP summer program for creative writing, a talent she gets from her mother. This is my favorite time of the day.

8:15 a.m. After dropping my daughter off at school, I head to campus and check in with my office staff.

9:30 a.m. I’m off to meet with Lou Martin, chair of our University Center campaign, at her home. The Martin University Center will be a $19 million, 44,000-square-foot student center in the heart of our campus. We’re tying up loose ends and discussing the groundbreaking. I thank her for her generous support.

11 a.m. Back on campus, I check emails again before heading to a classroom to present the Engaging Educator Award. This is when I “pop in” on professors at the beginning of class with popcorn to present the award. One of the things I love most about working at Texas Wesleyan is interacting with our students and faculty.

11:45 a.m. More emails including a discussion with Tim Carter, chair of the board, about our upcoming trustees meeting and then to lunch with our Student Government Association president. This is one way I stay up with issues impacting our students. We go to Colonial (a welcome break from the dining hall for her).

1:06 p.m. I’m emailing the city about improvements to our baseball field at Sycamore Park, and Tobi Jackson of the FWISD board calls to discuss our potential partnership for a football and soccer field on campus.

1:42 p.m. As I head to my next meeting, I stop to say hello to a campus tour group. I notice a tall student and wonder if Coach Joe has seen this guy. He looks like he’d make a great receiver. I make a note to follow up.

2 p.m. The Provost’s Council updates me on our new Family Nurse Practitioner Program. We exceeded our enrollment goal. It’s the second successful online program we started this year, the other the online MBA.

3:19 p.m. I get a text from one of my twin sons. He is applying for an internship at a Fortune 500 company in Fort Worth this summer and wants to set up a practice phone interview with me. His brother will work at our summer Chemistry Camp again. Both boys attend Ole Miss.

3:30 p.m. Planning meeting with co-chairs of my President’s Advisory Task Force. This group comprises some of Fort Worth’s top leaders. I’m extremely proud of their commitment to revitalize southeast Fort Worth and for attracting new retail to the area, like Ben Merritt’s new restaurant.

5:15 p.m. Reception with alumni and donors and then home for dinner with my wife, Melany, and our daughter. Melany is a fantastic cook, as well as a Pulitzer Prize-nominated author, and spoils us with delicious, Blue Zones-approved meals.

7:30 p.m. Back on campus to catch tonight’s basketball games.

9 p.m. Home and time to relax.

10:15 p.m. Lights out.