Ron Pitcock ’91 was recently named dean and Wassenich Family Endowed Chair of Texas Christian University’s John V. Roach Honors College.

Pitcock joined TCU in 2001 and has spent the past 15 years in the Roach Honors College. His term as dean will begin June 1.  

Ron Pitcock

“Dr. Pitcock is dedicated to enabling honors students to reach their highest potential,” Provost Teresa Abi-Nader Dahlberg said in a university news release. “Over the past two years, he has excelled in leading the Roach Honors College as an interim dean. Dean Pitcock has the skills and commitment to lead faculty, staff, and students in envisioning and realizing the aspirations of this diverse and dynamic intellectual community.”

In his role as assistant dean and interim dean, Pitcock developed a nationally recognized philanthropy curriculum and created and administered a new, more equitable admissions process, according to the release. Additionally, Pitcock served as the director of prestigious scholarships for TCU and held the J. Vaughn and Evelyne H. Wilson Honors Fellowship.

He has taught interdisciplinary honors courses on topics ranging from giving and philanthropy to cultural memory, and from writing to values.

Pitcock’s focus on enhancing teaching and learning for Roach Honors College students has received national attention. His award-winning Nature of Giving colloquium and his partnership with The Philanthropy Lab have helped influence curricula at universities across the nation.

Pitcock will lead the Roach Honors College to strengthen student engagement and success; embrace and foster TCU’s culture of connection; champion diversity, equity and inclusion; inspire innovation within the classroom; and identify philanthropic opportunities.

“As dean, I look forward to the continued work of forming and bolstering partnerships with faculty, college leaders, university programs, and the Fort Worth community,” Pitcock said. “Going forward, I will prioritize strengthening the Roach Honors College as a collaborative hub for high-impact learning and creative inquiry and propelling it to national and global prominence as a model of student engagement, innovative learning and academic and inclusive excellence.”

Pitcock earned his bachelor’s at Wabash College, a master’s degree from Indiana State University, and a doctorate in English and American literature, with specializations in American rhetoric, literacy and culture, at the University of Kentucky. While at Wabash, he majored in English and minored in speech, was a member of Beta Theta Pi, Sphinx Club, and the swim team.