to join in local election race
provost says running for president of the school board
is a way to stay active in education and the community.
Provost William Koehler filed to run for president of
the Fort Worth school board Monday, saying the position
would give him an opportunity to stay involved in education.
Ive never viewed my retirement as leaving
something Ive done for 35 years and just going
cold turkey, said Koehler, who will retire from
TCU May 31. The school board gives me an opportunity
to continue what Ive been doing for 35 years
thats being in education.
Koehler, who is also the vice chancellor for academic
affairs, began his career at TCU in 1969: first as a
professor and later as an administrator. He was named
vice chancellor for academic affairs in 1980 and received
the title of provost in 1994.
Koehler said that he had been considering running for
quite some time.
I was approached in late fall by a number of people
and asked to consider it, Koehler said. I
was of course flattered, but somewhat terrified as Im
not much of a politician.
Koehler said he spent two months talking with various
people about possibly running and what people were looking
for in a president.
I am very much of the opinion that different organizations
need different strengths at different times, he
Koehler said he originally planned to leave TCU a year
ago, but then Chancellor Michael Ferrari announced his
retirement. Koehler said he decided to stay another
year to help the university and the new chancellor in
I really didnt decide to run until Lynne
Manny made her decision not to run, he said.
Manny, the current board president, told trustees Wednesday
that she would not seek re-election. Mannys husband,
Gary, was elected board president in 1988. He held the
position until his death in 2002. Manny won a runoff
election to fill the remainder of her husbands
Koehler said he could give three reasons why he chose
run for the board. First, he said he had been in the
business for 35 years and was not ready to give that
Im not ready to not be involved in education,
Second, he said he knows the district needs to hire
a new superintendent and he has experience in recruiting
and hiring executive positions.
I do that with deans, athletic directors and chancellors,
he said. I bring experience in recruiting leadership.
Koehler said his final goal is to be a president who
looks at the whole picture, not just a collage of districts.
I want to improve the education of all citizens,
Koehler said his one goal for his possible presidency
is to make a positive difference in the lives of young
The future is out there, he said.
The president of the board represents the district at
large. Elections are May 15 and, if needed, a runoff
is scheduled for June 19.