September 25, 2007

John Thompson Receives TCU Award for Mentoring

At TCU's Fall 2007 Convocation and Founder Celebration, John M. Thompson III, marketing instructor and intern coordinator with the Neeley School of Business, was honored with the Wassenich Award for Mentoring in the TCU community.

Chancellor Victor J. Boschini Jr. presented the prestigious award to Thompson, who has been an instructor in the Neeley School of Business for 28 years and has made a difference in the lives of some 7,000 students.

"Showing respect to our students is the most important thing we can do as mentors," Thompson said. "I make a large amount of my out-of-class time available to my students. Students told me they could trust me with their thoughts and feelings and that they felt respected as individuals. The more I was seen as being trustworthy and respectful, the more students shared their lives with me. The more they shared, the more they asked for help and advice." 

Several former students nominated Thompson for the University-wide award. One 1982 graduate, now a successful business leader, wrote: "He taught me so much about the realities of the business world.  He fostered and taught the importance of a tremendous work ethic, exposed us to real world case studies and provided the beginning of a road map for [us] to follow in [our] journey beyond [our] days at TCU.

"Whether it was providing an opportunity to work with him in private business ventures during summer months or his unending support and counsel on future career plans," the former student continued, "he demonstrated that he sincerely cared about making a difference in [our] lives."

Chancellor Boschini remarked that, during Thompson's 28 years in the Neeley School of Business, he has made a difference in the lives of some 7,000 students.

"John is well known and respected by students," said Bill Moncrief, Senior Associate Dean for Undergraduate Programs at the Neeley School. "He has made a pivotal difference in the lives of our students. He is a very deserving winner and the Neeley School is fortunate to have him as a colleague."

Mark and Linda Wassenich established this unique honor in 1999 because of their rich experiences as students. Mark's father, the late Dr. Paul Wassenich, was a longtime professor of undergraduate religion and founder of the TCU Honors Program, and Mark's mother, Ruth Wassenich, provided distinguished service to the Mary Couts Burnett Library. 


Elaine Cole
PR Manager
Neeley School of Business at TCU