125 Years

Fort Worth Polytechnic Height and Texas Wesleyan History

The "College on the Hill", was birthed in August, 1890 by Reverend Milton Koger Little.  Three parcels of land, overlooking the bluffs of the Trinity River, just four miles east of downtown Fort Worth, was planned by Fort Worth Methodists as their college on the hill.  Under the name Polytechnic College, the school began educating young men and women in subjects needed by the developing industrial and commercial economy of the sate. 

Today, 125 years later, the college on the hill, known as Texas Wesleyan University has a new President.  President Frederick G. Slabach is the 20th president to serve Texas Wesleyan. From his inauguration on January 2012, President's Slabach, the former law school dean and current CEO of the Harry S. Truman Scholarship Foundations, where he managed a $55 million trust began during a national and difficult financial time.  Wesleyans enrollment increased some 40% and at all time high.

To focus the mission of the university, President Slabach led university faculty to create Wesleyan's "2020 Strategic Goals, Objectives and Measures."  Critical thinking became the number one goals, with student campus experience, campus enhancements, financial vitality and marketing, and brand recognition into the mix.

Here is 2016, the SOBA continues to carry on the 2020 Vision via the PolyWes Garden and UP initiatives led by Wesleyan alumni, Kimberly McLean.

"We keep moving forward, opening new doors, and doing new things, because we're curious and curiosity keeps leading us down new paths."

- Walt Disney

Texas Wesleyan celebrates 125 years

From our founding in 1890, Texas Wesleyan  has earned a Texas-sized reputation that has only grown in recent years. Here is a look backward to see how much has changed from our early years, and how much hasn’t.

2020 Vision in Focus: Rosedale Renaissance Dedication

The Rosedale Renaissance projects have been years in the making and together, they signify the transformation of Polytechnic Heights into a revitalized economic center in Dallas-Fort Worth.

Revival on Rosedale

Fort Worth's historic Polytechnic neighborhood  hadn’t seen major roadway construction since the 1930s, so the reconstruction of the East Rosedale corridor quickly became a high-profile project. The City and Freese and Nichols took the opportunity to make it a guiding example of improved project delivery that incorporates

The Vision of Fort Worth

The vision of Fort Worth as it pertains to the Eastside Fort Worth.

Polytechnic Heights Neighborhood Policing Center Grand Opening - FWTV

Kathleen Hicks along with other officials cut the ribbon on the City's newest and most environmentally friendly police facility located in the Polytechnic Heights neighborhood. East Division will be housed here.