On Monday, the university announced Kathryn Cavins-Tull will replace Vice Chancellor for Student Affairs Don Mills, but following in the footsteps of Mills won’t be an easy task.
As journalists, we appreciated Mills’ willingness to be available for interviews on breaking news stories, especially during the past couple of years. For the rest of the student body, Mills helped usher in an atmosphere of inclusiveness and compassion for the campus community.
The relationship between Mills and the rest of the administration is one that focuses on cooperation with the students who attend TCU. Organizations like the Gay-Straight Alliance and Muslim Student Association are just two examples of the melting pot of ideas and beliefs that exist at the university.
We hope Cavins-Tull will recognize how essential this symbiotic relationship between students, faculty and staff is to the creation of a place that is accepting of all students. Sometimes, the most important thing an adult can do to help out a student in need is simply listen. If Cavins-Tull can help continue what Mills started with the inclusion of her own philosophy, she should have no trouble picking up from where Mills left off.
News editor Patrick Burns for the editorial board