Dean David Whillock transitioning to role as associate provost of The Academy of Tomorrow initiatives

Dr. David Whillock, dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, has been appointed the associate provost for the Academy of Tomorrow initiatives. In this role, he will directly oversee the academic components of Vision in Action: The Academy of Tomorrow, TCU’s strategic plan.

Dr. David WhillockWhillock will transition into his new role June 1, at the end of the academic year.

Vision in Action: The Academy of Tomorrow focuses on people, programs and the facilities in which they ‘live.’ It is TCU’s vision for an ideal academic environment of learning, intellectual exchange and the creation of ideas.

As the associate provost, Whillock will help build and implement the key academic initiatives at the heart of the Academy of Tomorrow, such as FrogFolio and the Great Themes.

“I decided to bring David on board as my right-hand man for the Academy of Tomorrow because he is an excellent strategist,” said R. Nowell Donovan, provost and vice chancellor for academic affairs. “It has been said that a vision without strategy remains an illusion, and I strongly believe that with David at the helm, the vision of the Academy of Tomorrow will be clearer than ever.”

Whillock came to TCU in 1991, and Academy of Tomorrow he served as interim dean of the college from 1999 to 2002 before becoming dean. He earned his Ph.D. from the University of Missouri, Columbia, and has a strong record of developing and driving new programs.

“I’ve loved being dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication, but I also love a good challenge,” said Whillock. “The Academy of Tomorrow is an initiative that holds so much promise — it will revolutionize the learning experience and elevate TCU’s people and programs. I’m energized at the thought of helping lead the charge.”

TCU will immediately launch a national search for the next dean of the Bob Schieffer College of Communication.


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