May 2, 2016
The John V. Roach Honors College Board of Visitors has selected Mark Wassenich as the recipient of its first annual Founders Award. The Board made the announcement at its Spring 2016 meeting after an extensive review of the nominations received from TCU students, faculty, staff and alumni. A formal presentation of the Founders Award to him will be part of on-campus events the Honors College and the Board will arrange during the 2016-2017 academic year.
The Founders Award recognizes an individual who has a unique combination of inspirational and distinctive achievements, engagement with the values of the Honors College and with lifelong learning, and clear connections with the Honors College and TCU.
Mark’s engagement with values at the heart of the Honors College and with TCU began when he was a student and still continues. During his service as Student Body President (1963-64), the Student Congress adopted a resolution for the Board of Trustees “to remove any racial restriction from admission requirements.” That resolution was included in the “biggest stories” in the Centennial Edition of the Daily Skiff in 2002.
Mark graduated from TCU in 1964 with a bachelor’s degree in Geography and, after service as an officer in the U.S. Air Force, from the University of North Carolina with a Master of City and Regional Planning in 1970. Mark’s career focused on older neighborhood rehabilitation, low-income housing and state and federal grant management. At the City of Dallas he was chief of community development, assistant budget director and assistant director of housing and urban rehabilitation. At the U.S. Treasury Department he was an affordable housing specialist for the south-central region, and he was a principal at Statman Wassenich Associates.
Since 1999, the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU Community has honored those who serve as role models, advisors, and guides for students at TCU. Mark and his wife, Linda, were the recipients of the TCU 2003 Valuable Alumni Award. Mark was instrumental in the creation of the Bob and Alice Frye Scholarship Fund, announced in 2015 and several other scholarships. Mark has been president of the Addison and Randolph Clark Society and founding chairperson of the Honors College Board of Visitors.
The nominations received this year were diverse and thoughtful, and they demonstrated the variety of ways that the TCU community already brings Honors to life. The Board of Visitors will ask for nominations in the Spring 2017 semester for its second annual Founders Award.