Previous issues of Campaign Update featured the list of Second Century Campaign volunteers, hardworking alumni, families and friends of the University committed to ensuring that SMU meets its ambitious campaign goals. In this issue we’re proud to feature the names and bios of co-chairs for two new campaign cities, St. Louis and San Francisco, as well as new co-chairs for New York City and Dedman School of Law.
Campaign Steering Committee for San Francisco
David Cush ’82, ’83 is president and CEO of Virgin America Airlines, a position he has held since 2007. Previously he served in a variety of senior positions at American Airlines, including senior vice president of global sales and vice president of American’s St. Louis hub. He also served as COO of Aerolineas Argentinas, the national carrier of Argentina. He earned B.S., B.F.A. and M.B.A. degrees from SMU.
Campaign Steering Committee for New York City
Matthew E. Gormly, III
Matthew E. Gormly, III, is managing partner of the Wicks Group of Companies LLC, a private equity firm focusing on the education, information and media industries. Prior to joining the Wicks Group of Companies in 1999, he served as managing director at BCI Advisors, Inc., a private equity firm focusing on middle market companies. He is a member of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council.
Katherine M. Gormly
Katherine M. Gormly is a member of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council. Her son, Matthew Gormly ’11, is an undergraduate student majoring in business at SMU.
Campaign Steering Committee for St. Louis
John St. Eve
John St. Eve is co-owner of Nachomama, Inc., a casual restaurant serving Tex-Mex food in the St. Louis suburb of Rock Hill. Prior to Nachomama’s, he was the proprietor of Clementine’s Grill, a barbecue restaurant, and Taylor’s Café. Mr. St. Eve is a member of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council.
Nancy St. Eve
Nancy St. Eve is co-owner of Nachomama, Inc. She is a member of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council. Two of the St. Eves’ four children (Bryan ’04 and Katherine ’08) are graduates of SMU, and two (Taylor ’10 and Lydia ’12) currently attend the University.
Campaign Steering Committee for Dedman School of Law
Wayne Watts ’80 is senior executive vice president and general counsel of AT&T. Previously he served as vice president and associate general counsel. Before joining AT&T, he served as vice president and assistant general counsel for Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Mr. Watts received a J.D. from SMU and was involved in the legal clinic.
The Second Century Campaign’s reach continued to extend this fall, as new steering committees in St. Louis and San Francisco kicked off their participation. These cities join Atlanta, Houston Los Angeles, New York City and Mexico City as regional hubs of campaign activity. President R. Gerald Turner, Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad E. Cheves and members of SMU’s development team traveled to both cities for launch events.
More than 100 alumni, parents and friends attended the St. Louis kickoff party, held September 29 at the Kemp Auto Museum. Nancy and John St. Eve, co-chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for St. Louis, welcomed guests amid the museum’s impressive antique car collection and sounded a campaign “call to action.”
“This is not the time to sit on the sidelines,” John St. Eve told those in attendance. “This is the time to step forward, get involved and motivate those around us.”
Cheves noted that SMU has seen a dramatic increase in applications from prospective student from the St. Louis area, and that many members of the SMU community serve on SMU’s school executive boards or Parent Leadership Council.
“St. Louis has always been a very important city for SMU,” he said.
The San Francisco kickoff was held at the St. Francis Yacht Club November 10 against the spectacular backdrop of San Francisco Bay. David Cush ’82, ’83, chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for San Francisco, encouraged the more than 100 guests to get involved in SMU Alumni Chapter events or other SMU activities in the Bay Area.
“The dedicated leadership of Bay area alumni and parents has been vital in the life of the University and will help us continue to shape its future,” he said.
Turner said, “We’ve had a great year, and we will keep looking forward. This is a wonderful time to be part of the life of SMU, as we celebrate a rich past and tradition, and as we write a new chapter in SMU history.”