Start Strong: 3 Ways to Lead On


Posted on

Dear Horned Frogs,

Welcome to the 2023-2024 academic year at Texas Christian University! Whether you are returning to campus or a new community member, we are so glad you are here.

I hope you all feel refreshed, recharged and ready for another exciting semester. I’m impressed by your stories from summer internships, Frog Campstudy abroadOrientation and athletic victories.

The optimism, creativity and innovation of Horned Frogs inspires me daily. I am honored to serve as your President, working alongside Chancellor Boschini and TCU’s outstanding leadership team to advance our University. Together, we have a shared vision and enthusiasm for the next 150 years of TCU.

As we plan for the future, our mission “to educate individuals to think and act as ethical leaders and responsible citizens in the global community” remains our driving force. We are committed to academic excellence and providing the best overall student experience in the country. For 150 years, we have been developing leaders who shape and improve the world, and we’ll keep doing it for the next 150.  

Our tradition of excellence and the tremendous responsibility of developing ethical leaders renews daily and starts with each of us. Becoming a leader isn’t about gaining a new title; it is a behavior that grows over time. 

As President, and as Professor of Entrepreneurship and Innovation, here are three ways I encourage you to grow as a leader and make the most of this fall at TCU:

1)   Go first. Start building relationships by introducing yourself to the person living down the hall, sitting next to you in class or working in your building. Students, reach out to your professors; get to know them and ask questions in class. Meeting new people and understanding their backgrounds will help you become more connected and empathetic. Go first, step out and grow your network of friendships and mentors that will last a lifetime. 

2)   Get involved. There are so many fantastic ways to get involved at TCU. Our campus experience is designed to immerse students in our culture and create opportunities to grow, learn, serve others and have fun. TCU Engage has everything students need to find student organizations and attend campus events. The main TCU events calendar holds the key to everything students, faculty and staff need to know to get involved with other Horned Frogs. Pick something new that interests you and give it a try!

3)   Explore. If you are an avid sports fan, don’t miss Saturdays at the Carter, and also challenge yourself to broaden your perspectives by attending a fine arts event in places like the world-class Van Cliburn Concert Hall at TCU. If you’re not sure football is your thing, go anyway. You just might find yourself singing Riff Ram Bah Zoo at the top of your lungs with 46,000 new friends! Exploring new perspectives also includes learning to be a good listener, respecting the right of others to have and express their own opinions, and learning to engage in – and appreciate – civil discourse. 

Start the semester strong, Horned Frogs. The actions we take today will define the next 150 years. 

Lead On, TCU!

Daniel W. Pullin
President

Learn More About My Blog, Leading On

Share Your Ideas

Recent Posts

  • , ,

    Dedicated People Power IT Help Desk

    Dear Horned Frogs, If you are reading this*, you undoubtedly have an appreciation for the technology we use every day. From mobile devices to laptops and desktops, and at home, work, and most moments in between, we are connected. Fortunately for us at TCU, we have a stellar IT Help Desk dedicated to keeping Horned…

  • , ,

    The Gift of Tulip Season

    Dear Horned Frogs, The TCU campus is a treasure in itself. Meticulously cared for year-round by our outstanding landscaping and grounds crew, there is always something new to discover and appreciate. The enduring oak trees, colorful flower beds, and manicured lawns are just some of the elements that create the welcoming campus we all enjoy.…

  • ,

    A New Podcast, Celebrating Our Innovation

    TCU has incredible stories to tell – and Chancellor Boschini and I are on a mission to tell them.

  • Keys to Successful Strategic Planning

    Planning for the next chapter of the TCU story is a journey we will go on together – and I believe these approaches are key to leading us to our desired destination.

  • , ,

    No. 1 Equestrian Team Rides at the FWSSR

    Did you know that the TCU Equestrian Team is currently No. 1 in the nation? Fans can see the TCU Equestrian team in action vs. Delaware State at 10 a.m. January 25 in the John Justin Arena at the Fort Worth Stock Show (just wear purple for free admission). 

  • , , ,

    The Power of a Team

    Welcome back to campus for the spring 2024 semester – and to our new Horned Frogs, welcome home!

  • , ,

    The Thrill of Hope

    As the semester and year come to a close, I hope that all Horned Frogs take a moment to reflect on 2023, and that the “thrill of hope” brings you joy and peace now and into the new year.

  • , ,

    Finish Strong

    Whether you have finals ahead, papers to grade or projects to complete, I know that everyone has a list of what needs to be accomplished before our winter break begins.

  • ,

    TCU Post Office Delivers Excellence

    Dear Horned Frogs, Have you visited the TCU Post Office recently? The team’s friendly smiles, efficient processes and dedication to accuracy positively impact our campus daily. The post office is welcoming, full of Horned Frog pride and conveniently located next to Chick-fil-A in the BLUU. They handle thousands of letters and packages daily, sorting, scanning…

  • , ,

    Grateful for Horned Frogs

    Dear Horned Frogs, Wow! Thank you for your incredible support at the beautiful Investiture ceremony last week. It is an honor to serve as President of Texas Christian University. I could not be more grateful for the Horned Frog community and the opportunities that stand before us. Our impactful mission has endured and thrived for…

  • The Investiture of President Daniel Pullin

    Investiture Speech

    “Today’s celebration pays tribute to TCU’s remarkable legacy of leadership and our connected community.”

  • ,

    Majoring in Meaning: Classes Celebrate Dia de Los Muertos

    Dear Horned Frogs, As part of the celebration of el Dia de Los Muertos, Dr. Santiago Pinon’s Christian Ethics class prepared a special exhibit in Beasley Hall with ofrendas (altars) that honor and remember the lives of the deceased (exhibit runs now till Friday morning, Nov. 3). This year, the projects focus on people with…

  • ,

    4 Lessons from Inside the FROGG Lab

    Dear Horned Frogs, Visiting different departments and teams across campus allows me the opportunity to be a student again. And I love it! You are talented, smart, innovative and passionate, and I’m always learning something new. Inside the lab of Dr. Omar Harvey, associate professor of Geological Sciences and principal investigator of the Fundamental Research…

  • ,

    Celebrating 150 Years of Community with UCC

    TCU and UCC’s history is inextricably woven together through 150 years of weddings, baptisms, holidays, services of worship and remembrances, and all the events in between where people come together to celebrate in community.

  • ,

    Dream Big, Horned Frogs

    As we celebrate the conclusion of this magical 150th year, I have no doubt that Horned Frogs will continue to Dream Big. Be Bold. and Lead On.

  • Point of Pride: TCU Press

    There are many treasures at TCU, and one of them certainly is TCU Press! During a recent visit, we discussed their impact on our students, faculty, staff and academic reputation.

  • Lead On, TCU Parents

    Hi Horned Frogs, It was great to see so many families on campus for TCU Family Weekend. Over 13,000 family members joined us as we highlighted the student experience and celebrated their support of TCU students. And a win for Horned Frogs football was the icing on the cake! We are grateful to all TCU…

  • , ,

    Retention Rate Hits New High

    Dear Horned Frogs, Our 12th day reporting numbers are in and TCU’s retention rate for first-year students reached a new high of 94.3%. This is huge!  There are many indicators of a university’s success. The first-year retention rate reflects our first-year programs, culture of connection and classroom experience.  It tells us our admissions team is doing a fantastic job of…

  • , ,

    Meet KinderFrogs and Starpoint School

    Dear Horned Frogs, One of the things I love most about TCU is the difference we’re making in our community every day. I recently spent time with KinderFrogs School and Starpoint School – two incredible and unique laboratory schools for children with special needs and disabilities based on our campus and a part of the TCU College of Education.…

  • ,

    Gameday Ready

    Hi Horned Frogs, Who’s ready for football!? One outstanding Horned Frog team that is definitely ready is TCU’s nationally acclaimed athletic field staff team. Sports Turf Manager Andrew Siegal invited me to help paint the end zones before Saturday’s home game. This is just the finishing touch on a year-round process to keep our natural…

  • 150 Years of Leaders

    Dear Horned Frogs, For 150 years, Texas Christian University has been impacted and shaped by visionary leaders. As we look to the future, we’d be remiss not to pause and reflect on their tremendous impact – both past and present. A Hope of Wisdom, a special 150th publication from TCU Press, is an opportunity to do…

Archive

LinkedIn
LinkedIn
Share