TCU Daily Skiff Thursday, April 1, 2004
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Boschini’s inauguration filled with speakers and music
TCU’s 10th chancellor was instated Wednesday in a ceremony that lasted nearly three hours.

By Allison Goertz
Staff Reporter

The ending of another school year also brings a new beginning for TCU.

In a ceremony Wednesday, Victor Boschini was inaugurated as the 10th chancellor in TCU’s 131-year history.

The excitement in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum was building well before the ceremony’s start time as the TCU Symphony Orchestra played music, masking the chatter of arriving spectators.TCU faculty filed into the coliseum donned in long robes in an array of colors, creating a sea of eye candy for the guests who were eagerly anticipating the historic event.

In addition to the professors, students, alumni and the mayor of Fort Worth attended the ceremony, which lasted nearly three hours. Several people made remarks welcoming Chancellor Boschini and wishing him well on his endeavors at TCU.

“We are truly fortunate to have Victor,” said Fort Worth Mayor Michael D. Moncrief.

Jay Zeidman, president of the Student Government Association, said Boschini has the support of the student body during this “most exciting and vibrant time” at TCU.

Kat Clayton, a junior psychology and Spanish major, said the ceremony was exciting because it’s an event that does not occur often.

“The speakers were far-reaching,” she said. “They were really enthusiastic and celebratory.”

Guest speaker George D. Kuh, the Chancellor’s Professor and Director from Indiana University, gave a speech in which he described the qualities of a great university.
“TCU is poised on the edge of greatness,” Kuh said.

Much of the ceremony had a tone of seriousness, but humorous remarks were made throughout some of the speakers’ statements.

After Zeidman spoke, John V. Roach, chairman of the Board of Trustees, jokingly said, “Jay, if you had a robe on, you might be inaugurated instead of Dr. Boschini.”

“I thought it (the inauguration) was important because it really showed how strong TCU is, and how they want to improve,” said Allison Thompson, a friend of the Boschini family who came from California to see the inauguration.
Toni Sanders/Staff Photographer
Chancellor Victor Boschini spoke to about 600 faculty members at his inauguration Wednesday morning in Daniel-Meyer Coliseum.
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