Texas Christian University announced today that Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg, Ph.D. has been selected as its next provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. Dahlberg has served as dean of the College of Engineering and Computer Science at Syracuse University since 2015, and is expected to start March 1, 2019.
Chancellor Victor J. Boschini, Jr. said, “I am delighted that Dr. Dahlberg has accepted the position as provost and vice chancellor of Academic Affairs. She is an innovator, a strategic thinker and a leader who is able to mobilize others to reach common goals. Her experience with student success, diversity and inclusion show her commitment to the principles that mirror TCU’s strategic priorities, mission, vision and values. I am confident that Dahlberg is well-positioned to propel TCU’s academic profile and reputation to the next level.”
The search to identify TCU’s next provost, which began in August, was conducted with careful consideration of the university’s strategic goals while seeking a leader with an entrepreneurial spirit and innovative style. Eighty-one candidates applied, and after an extensive review of their credentials, two participated in on-campus interviews to share their qualifications and ambitions with faculty, staff and students.
“The strong sense of community, rich climate of excellence and demonstrated commitment to values and ethics are what attracts me to TCU,” said Dahlberg. “The Vision in Action: Lead On plan sets forth aspirational goals and thoughtful strategies to continue TCU’s ascent. I hope to lead the Horned Frog community in an inclusive progression towards achieving our vision. I feel truly honored to serve TCU in this way.”
Dahlberg has a proven track record of success, with an emphasis on research, recruiting high-achieving students, as well as diversity and inclusion initiatives to benefit both faculty and students. Moreover, her strong financial acumen was the impetus to a $50 million advancement campaign at Syracuse that stabilized the College of Engineering’s fiscal health.
Her accomplishments include presiding over significant culture change at three universities, including improving academic excellence spanning liberal arts and professional disciplines; securing external funds for advancement and research; leading and executing an inclusive shared vision, including strategic planning; leveraging geographical opportunities for university distinction; enrollment management; and financial acumen.
Prior to her role at Syracuse, Dahlberg served as chief academic officer, dean and professor of electrical engineering at the Cooper Union for the Advancement of Science and Art in New York and associate dean of the College of Computing and Informatics at the University of North Carolina. She began her professional career as an engineer with IBM Corporation. Dahlberg earned a B.S. in electrical engineering at the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. and Ph.D. in computer engineering at North Carolina State University.