Victor J. Boschini Jr. is the university's chancellor and a busy person. After staying in his office for almost an hour, he agreed to let me follow him throughout his day so we could document a day in his life.
“Most of what I do is fairly mundane. I just have to keep up with it.”
The chancellor lets me into his office. He allows me complete photographic access. He looks through mail and emails that have already piled up before his first appointment of the day. If Boschini doesn’t keep up with his email, the amount of messages he would have in his inbox at the end of the day would be overwhelming, he said.
This gives me time to explore his office and observe the personal touches he has added to his work place.
Photographs cover almost every visible surface. Each photograph tells a story of places he’s been, of friends and of family.
The odds and ends help tell his story, too.
From the Elvis coasters to the collection of intricate Horned Frog statuettes, the chancellor’s office is adorned with items that add his uniquely personal touch to the office.
Quiet music selections from his iPhone fill an otherwise noisy office, but something is slightly odd.
After spending about an hour and a half in the chancellor’s office, a song I heard earlier begins again. The next song too was a repeat.
It turns out he only plays about eight songs on repeat from his iPhone. He likes it this way, he said. When he listens to the same songs on repeat, he knows all the words by heart. Some of the songs in question were Bob Dylan’s “Like A Rolling Stone” and the Sheryl Crow/Kid Rock duet “Picture.”
While reading through his daily stack of mail, the chancellor finds out the new football stadium has made the cover of the Fort Worth Business Press. He smiles and holds up the front page.
Next is a meeting with the Brian Gutierrez, the vice chancellor of finance and administration, in his office down the hall.
The two discuss the school's financial issues, such as the budget for the coming year and other related topics such as new staff hires.
The meeting is relatively brief and consists of efficient conversation about the topics at hand.
After the meeting, it’s back to the office and returning calls missed before the meeting with Gutierrez.
After more checking of emails and brief phone calls, it’s time for another meeting in the chancellor’s office.
Special events coordinator Sheri Miller wants to talk about a dinner planned for Family Weekend. Miller and the chancellor agree on the logistics, and Miller quickly leaves.
It’s also Fall Convocation, and the chancellor is checking emails backstage in Ed Landreth Auditorium as the procession begins.
Convocation is well underway at this point, and the chancellor is moderating a panel and speaking about issues at the university. This is the first time a panel discussion has ever been incorporated into a Convocation ceremony.
After Convocation, the chancellor goes to meet with the Wassenich family, who established the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU community in 1999.
Mark Wassenich asks the chancellor about the guy tagging along. (He points to me.)
After Convocation, a luncheon honoring winners of the faculty awards for this year and last year takes place. Both Linda and Mark Wassenich were in attendance.
The meaning of mentorship and its presence in the university community was discussed.
At this point the chancellor had to take care of some business that he couldn't have a photographer following him for, so we split up for a short while and agreed to meet back up when he was going to talk to the Faculty Senate Chair Marie Schein.
The chancellor meets with Schein in her office. It's almost empty.
A computer, a file cabinet and an old school desk in the corner are the only things in the room.
They discussed different issues concerning faculty members, as well as possible solutions to those issues. Then they left for the Faculty Senate meeting.
Boschini sits and listens to the meeting as different topics are discussed and voted on.
At this point the chancellor had to excuse himself from the meeting and head to Dallas for a dinner with alumni.
This event takes up the rest of the evening. The chancellor said he finally made it home at 9:40 p.m.