Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, “the heart of SMU,” is poised to take the crucial next steps in its rise as a nationally recognized center for teaching, scholarship and research.

The University has unveiled a major Second Century Campaign initiative to support two fundamental Dedman College priorities: increasing student quality through a new scholarship program and enhancing academic excellence through investment in key departments. These departments are identified as emerging “Centers of Excellence” in SMU’s strategic plan.

“With the early success of The Second Century Campaign, Dedman College has continued to draw new support for areas such as biological sciences and earth sciences,” says President R. Gerald Turner.

“To continue to advance, the college must increase efforts to recruit and retain gifted students. And it must facilitate high academic achievement through strategic investment in Centers of Excellence.”

The new Dedman College Scholars Program provides scholarships for gifted undergraduate students pursuing a Dedman College major. The program builds on the success of similar scholarship programs in Cox School of Business, Lyle School of Engineering and Meadows School of the Arts that have helped the University recruit top students committed to specific disciplines.

The Dedman College initiative will enhance key academic departments by directing support to faculty endowments, research endowments and graduate fellowships. It follows the model of the C. Vincent Prothro Biological Sciences Initiative, which played a central role in strengthening the Dedman College biology department. Donors may choose which priority or combination of priorities they wish to support.

“Dedman College has a world-class faculty, talented students and a broad base of support in the Dallas community,” says William M. Tsutsui, the college’s newly appointed dean. “This is a historic moment for SMU and a time of great opportunity for Dedman College.”

Kelly Hoglund Compton ’79 and Frederick B. Hegi, Jr. ’66, co-chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for Dedman College, say the initiative will build on Dedman College’s strong academic foundation.

“We are excited to be telling people about the amazing research taking place in the sciences and in other departments at Dedman College and its high academic quality,” says Hegi. “Now we need the support of alumni and others who care about SMU’s academic quality in order to keep progressing.”

“Every student at the University takes classes in Dedman College,” added Compton. “For SMU to be strong, it’s essential that Dedman College be strong.”

To learn about supporting Dedman College, please contact Courtney Lee Corwin at 214-768-2691 or