The hard work and extraordinary impact of Second Century Campaign volunteers both in Dallas and around the United States were apparent at the May 6, 2010, Campaign Executive Committee (CEC) meeting. The CEC comprises the 15-member Campaign Leadership Council and co-chairs and ex officio members of Campaign Steering Committees. Also attending were SMU deans and vice presidents, the director of athletics and staff from Development and External Affairs. Following are summaries of reports presented by President R. Gerald Turner and the campaign’s five co-chairs. Summaries of all reports presented at the meeting, including steering committee co-chair reports, and financial figures as of May 31, 2010, are available at smu.edu/unbridled.
Convening co-chair remarks
Welcoming: Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69, campaign convening co-chair
Mr. Ford welcomed attendees, who gathered in the Hughes-Trigg Student Center ballroom. After congratulating volunteers on their continuing efforts on behalf of The Second Century Campaign, he led the CEC through co-chair and steering committee reports on campaign activity since the December 3, 2009, CEC meeting.
Reporting: R. Gerald Turner, president
The campaign achieved a 21 percent annual undergraduate alumni participation rate for the fiscal year…36.5 percent of alumni have participated in the campaign thus far, making progress toward achieving a 50 percent participation goal for the entirety of the campaign…campaign has generated a total of $438 million in commitments thus far…recent positive developments include SMU’s participation and victory in the Hawaii Bowl; Bush Presidential Center progress; first annual Inside SMU event; new Caruth Hall dedication; New Orleans campaign event; Denver campaign kickoff; construction progress on Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall…gifts have increased endowed professorships to 79…new gifts include scholarship funding for international undergraduates; $2.5 million to Dedman School of Law; gifts establishing Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity; funding for Mary Alice and Mark Shepherd, Jr. ’42 Atrium in new Caruth Hall; $1 million for Bill and Susan Cooper Centennial Fountain.
Reporting: Carl Sewell ’66, campaign co-chair
Thanks to investment in scholarships, the average SAT score of 1242 for students entering in fall 2009 was SMU’s highest ever, en route to a goal of 1300…$16 million in new scholarship commitments brings the campaign total thus far to $102 million toward a goal of $200 million for the student quality priority…endowed funding for 207 scholarships has been received thus far in campaign…average SAT score of current merit-based scholarship students is well above 1300.
Faculty and academic excellence
Reporting: Caren H. Prothro, campaign co-chair
SMU has received $210 million thus far toward a total goal of $350 million for the faculty and academic excellence priority…17 new faculty positions have been endowed, 21 more needed to achieve University goal of 100…new campus construction provides more than 128,000 square feet of academic space, a total that does not include renovated space…fundraising strategy focuses on Centers of Excellence that comprise faculty endowments, research endowments and graduate fellowships.
Reporting: Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48, campaign co-chair
Campaign has raised $96 million toward a total goal of $200 million for the campus experience priority…renovation and expansion projects include new student and faculty housing at Taos campus; new Bill and Susan Cooper Centennial Fountain; renovation of Umphrey Lee grand ballroom scheduled for fall completion…other successes include continuing support for Hegi Career Center; investment in student activities such as GameStop Lounge in Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports; and study abroad programs.
Bush Presidential Center
Reporting: Ray L. Hunt ’65, campaign co-chair
Bush Presidential Center has received $240 million toward a total goal of $300 million…under an agreement, SMU receives 15 percent of donations to center beyond agreed targets…a total of 70,000 donors have contributed to the center thus far…groundbreaking ceremony to take place in mid-November…Bush Institute has created a PBS show titled “Ideas in Action” with Jim Glassman, and SMU will be mentioned in every show…recent institute activity includes symposia on educating women in Afghanistan, U.S. energy policy and other topics.