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TCU Vice Chancellor Bronson Davis '65 Announces Retirement Plans

August 17, 2004

August 16, 2004, Greencastle, Ind. - Bronson C. Davis, vice chancellor for advancement at Texas Christian University and a 1965 graduate of DePauw University, has announced that he will leave his current job in December to serve as a consultant to the TCU before retiring in January 2006. Davis came to TCU in December 1990. The Dallas Business Journal writes that he "has been credited with, among other things, helping the university raise $300 million, creating a professionally run donor relations office ... establishing a regional council to lead advancement in nine cities, and creating the Chancellor's Advisory Council for community/alumni leaders."

"With TCU's current strategic planning project being completed this year, it seems an appropriate time for new leadership to come into advancement just before new initiatives in fund raising begin again," Davis is quoted in the Journal. "And I have had a book idea for a long time that I have been trying to pursue, and I also have had a growing interest at this stage in my professional life in possibly consulting and getting in touch more with what others are doing. So, what better time than this year?"

"There are few professionals out there that know the advancement profession as well as Bronson," said TCU Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, who who served as assistant dean of students at DePauw University from 1982 to 1984. "He has indeed served TCU extremely well, and will be missed. We are certainly pleased that he will continue in a consulting role to help us with a very important transition. We owe him our sincerest gratitude, and wish him all the best."

The article notes, "Under Davis' leadership, annual giving to TCU increased 104 percent, six buildings and eight athletic projects were funded and constructed, 12 academic positions were endowed, more than $48 million in general endowment was raised, more than $26 million in scholarship funding was raised, alumni programming increased from 22 to more than 100 events, and the number of alumni chapters in cities across the country increased from six to 20... The largest education association in the world, the Council for the Advancement and Support of Education, awarded him its highest honor -- the Distinguished Achievement Award -- in Region IV, in 2003."

The DBJ story states that Bronson Davis "has a B.A. from DePauw University and a M. Ed. in higher education administration from the George Peabody College at Vanderbilt. He served in the US Army Security Agency in Ethiopia. Bronson came to TCU from Tulane University, where he was vice president for development and alumni affairs Before that he served Vanderbilt University in several positions, including executive director of development for the university's medical center and assistant vice chancellor for health affairs."

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