for the inauguration of the universitys 10th chancellor
will culminate Wednesday in a celebration with food,
music and top-secret things.
Chancellor Victor Boschinis inauguration Wednesday
will cap off more than six months of planning by faculty
and staff. Margaret Kelly is keeping her fingers crossed.
What is not seen from the outside are all the
details, said Kelly, inauguration committee co-chairman.
It should appear flawless. Thats the mark
of a successful event.
In August, the chancellor appointed Kelly, director
of special projects, and Bob Seal, university librarian,
to co-chair the committee on the inauguration. Kelly
and Seal then appointed a committee of 11 faculty, staff
and students, representing several areas of campus.
Its like planning a wedding and a funeral,
said Tracy Syler-Doctson, director of communications.
Both Kelly and Seal were involved in planning former
chancellor Michael Ferraris inauguration in 1999.
This experience helped them in planning Boschinis
inauguration, Seal said.
The good news is, we did this five years ago,
Seal said. We hadnt done it for 20 years
Many aspects of Boschinis inauguration are similar
to Ferraris, Seal said.
We followed the program fairly closely,
he said. I had my old to-do list.
An inauguration takes an absolute minimum of six months
to plan, Kelly said.
Boschini arrived in June, but the committee gave him
some time before beginning work on his inauguration.
You need to give your new chancellor a chance
to get his feet on the ground, she said.
A lot of work goes into choosing the date for the ceremony,
Kelly said. The committee had to work around the Boschinis
personal calendar, as well as the academic calendar
and community events. The committee wanted to plan the
ceremony on a day when community leaders like the mayor
and city council would be able to attend.
Theyre the same people everybody wants at
their big event, Kelly said.
The chancellor has been directly involved with planning
several aspects of the ceremony, Seal said. Boschini
personally selected the keynote speaker, George Kuh,
director of the Center for Postsecondary Research at
He chose Dr. Kuh because hes a national
expert in the area of student engagement, Seal
Boschini also had a role in selecting some of the ceremonys
music. The TCU Symphony Orchestra will play Anton Dvoraks
New World Symphony at Boschinis request.
Robert Garwell, professor of music, was commissioned
to compose an original musical piece for the ceremony.
Garwell will premiere his composition, Inaugural
Fanfare, at the ceremony.
Office of Communication staff has been busy getting
the word out about the inauguration. They have placed
ads in the TCU Daily Skiff and the Fort Worth Star-Telegram,
and sent press releases to local media outlets, Syler-Doctson
said. A Web site for the inauguration has also been
To create a Web site for something like this took
quite a bit of work, Syler-Doctson said.
Approximately 2,000 guests are expected at a buffet-style
lunch following the ceremony in the Kelly Alumni Center.
Several buffets lines will be set up, serving pasta,
salad, carved turkey and beef, and desserts.
Were in charge of figuring out, do we have
enough plates, napkins, silverware, tablecloths,
Kelly said. Its just minutia.
Dinner at Daniel-Meyer Coliseum will be a more formal
affair. The menu for the dinner is top-secret, Kelly
This is sort of our gift to the chancellor after
the ceremony, she said.
After dinner, guests will dance to music provided by
The Swing Machine.