The hard work and extraordinary impact of Second Century Campaign volunteers both in Dallas and around the United States were apparent at the December 2, 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 by President R. Gerald Turner, the campaign’s five co-chairs and Campaign Steering Committee co-chairs.

Convening co-chair’s remarks

Welcoming: Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69, campaign convening co-chair
Mr. Ford welcomed attendees, including William Tsutsui, dean of Dedman College, and Marc Christensen, department chair and professor in the Lyle School of Engineering and the new co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff, who were attending their first CEC meeting. Mr. Ford expressed appreciation for the critical role of volunteers in ensuring the campaign’s continuing success and led the CEC through co-chair and steering committee reports.

Scott J. McLean ’78

Scott J. McLean ’78, co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for Houston, provides a progress report during the December 2 meeting of the Campaign Executive Committee.

President’s report

Reporting: President R. Gerald Turner
SMU rose to No. 56 (from 68) in the U.S. News & World Report rankings of national universities…major campaign accomplishments since the previous CEC meeting include: Taos Faculty Casita groundbreaking; Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom completion; Meadows Museum agreement with Spain’s Prado Museum; Faculty/Staff Campaign annual kickoff; Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall dedication; George W. Bush Presidential Center groundbreaking.

New leadership gifts received since the previous CEC meeting in May 2010 include: gift from Milledge A. Hart, III, and Linda Wertheimer Hart ’65 to establish the Hart Center for Engineering Leadership in the Lyle School; anonymous gift to create Investing and Trading Center in Cox School of Business; anonymous planned gift for a distinguished chair in Dedman School of Law; planned gift from Erle A. Nye ’65 for scholarships in Dedman School of Law; anonymous planned gift in support of the Cox School; anonymous planned gift for scholarships in Dedman Law…SMU’s Board of Trustees has set a new campaign conclusion date of 2015 to coincide with the University’s centennial celebration period…Carl Sewell ’66 and Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48 have agreed to serve as celebration co-chairs.

Student quality

Reporting: Carl Sewell ’66, campaign co-chair
Commitments to date include $112 million toward $200 million goal for the student quality priority, including $10 million received since previous CEC meeting…campaign has received support for 214 new endowed graduate and undergraduate scholarships and numerous annual scholarships…investment in scholarships has helped lead to a tripling of applications to SMU in the past several years, and the University expects to set a record for applications for class entering in 2011…average SAT scores have increased nearly 100 points, reaching 1244 for first-year class that entered in fall 2010; 58 percent more applications were from students with SATs of 1300 or above… minority enrollment has risen to 22.6 percent, and minority students comprise 26.2 percent of class that entered in 2010.

Faculty and academic excellence

Richard Ware ’68, and Denny R. Holman ’67

Richard Ware ’68, left, co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for Student Life, and Denny R. Holman ’67, co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for Athletics, enjoy an exchange during the CEC meeting.

Reporting: Caren H. Prothro, campaign co-chair
SMU has received $223 million thus far toward a total goal of $350 million for the faculty and academic excellence priority, including $13 million received since previous CEC meeting; 20 new faculty positions endowed thus far in campaign, leaving 18 more needed to achieve University goal of 100…number of new centers and institutes has grown to five…Dr. Roberto Tejada, a noted art critic, curator and editor, joined SMU in August 2010 to fill the post of the new endowed Distinguished Chair in Art History…the Perkins School was ranked ninth in the United States among graduate theology schools… BusinessWeek ranked the Cox School’s M.B.A. program No. 12 in the country, its executive M.B.A. program ninth worldwide and its professional M.B.A. program 15th worldwide.

Campus experience

Reporting: Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48, campaign co-chair
Campaign thus far has raised $98 million toward a total goal of $200 million for the campus experience priority… projects currently under way include: renovation and expansion of faculty housing at Taos campus; completion of the portion of the East Quad between Blanton Student Services Building and Fincher Building in the Cox School; design of the new Residential Commons housing on the south end of campus…special Centennial Reunions, to be held during the coming five years, will help focus alumni on campaign participation…a new tradition, “Founders’ Day,” will be held each April in conjunction with “Inside SMU” alumni class day.

Bush Presidential Center

Reporting: Ray L. Hunt ’65, campaign co-chair
Center has achieved goal of $300 million in contributions…gifts include those from 11,000 donors who contributed amounts from $50 to $950…November 16 groundbreaking ceremony was executed flawlessly; event was attended by 3,000 guests and generated international media coverage…new initiatives at the center include “Alliance to Reform Education Leadership,” which will create a nationwide network to transform the way school districts recruit, support and evaluate their leaders.

Campaign Steering Committees


Reporting: Royce E. (Ed) Wilson, co-chair
Two new major gift commitments recently secured…committee members in various parts of city are organizing small, strategic gatherings as part of new community engagement strategy.


Reporting: Elisabeth Martin Armstrong ’82, co-chair
One new major gift received from region this year…small gatherings for prospective major gift donors and hosted by committee members are moving conversations closer to major gift commitments…two cultivation events scheduled for the spring.


Reporting: Scott J. McLean ’78, co-chair
Most recent committee meeting was followed by event attended by approximately 200 alumni, parents and friends…six new major gift commitments received…building on that success, committee has set goal to help secure 15 major gifts from the Houston area this fiscal year.

Los Angeles

Reporting: Roger B. Palley, Kevin D. Welsh, co-chairs
Three new major gift commitments have come from donors in Southern California…more than 120 guests attended SMU Beach Party at Bel Air Bay Club in July…committee held two luncheons with Southern California mothers last fall featuring Troy Behrens, executive director of the Hegi Family Career Development Center.

Atlanta, New York City, San Francisco, St. Louis and International Regions

Reporting: Brad E. Cheves, vice president for DEA
Mr. Cheves summarized the progress each committee has made to date, highlighting recent gifts, newly established goals in each region, as well as the continuing expansion of our International Regions committee and their efforts abroad.

Central University Libraries

Reporting: Tavenner C. Lupton, III ’79, co-chair
Committee has been working with University administration and an outside architectural firm to define scope of Fondren Library Center renovation; renovation will create a Special Collections Library, new 150-seat auditorium, combined and enhanced circulation and reference desk and other inviting and vibrant spaces; conversations to secure lead funding for each of these components begin in spring 2011.

Cox School of Business

Reporting: David B. Miller ’72, ’73, co-chair
Nearly $25 million has been raised since the beginning of the campaign to create 34 endowed BBA scholarships, 4 endowed MBA scholarships and numerous annual scholarships for Cox students…Center for Financial Studies has been named in honor of retired finance professor, Don Jackson…school recently received $2.5 million commitment to fund a new Investment Trading Center to provide real-life trading experience for Cox finance students.

Dedman College

Reporting: Kelly Hoglund Compton ’79, co-chair
New Dean William M. Tsutsui has spent time meeting the SMU community through various events on and off campus and has attended seven Dedman College Spotlight series events featuring talented faculty and students…as a result of events like these, Dedman College raised $3.5 million since most recent CEC meeting…dean is developing strategic plan for the future of the college to be completed in spring 2011.

Dedman School of Law

Reporting: Alan D. Feld ’57, ’60 convening co-chair, Marilyn Hussman Augur ’89, co-chair
The school has received two new planned gifts of $1 million each for scholarship support and a planned gift of $2 million to establish a faculty endowment…Joe McKnight, who served as a member of the school’s faculty for more than 30 years, has agreed to donate his rare book collection to the school; the collection, appraised at $7 million and considered one of the finest of its kind in the world, features works on legal philosophy from a range of cultures and historical eras.

Lyle School of Engineering

Reporting: Bobby B. Lyle ’67, convening co-chair
The Caruth Institute received a major commitment of software and equipment as well as $500,000 in support of the Innovation Gymnasium…new leadership gift established Hart Center for Engineering Leadership…school has added a new endowment for the Bobby B. Lyle Endowed Professor of Engineering Innovation…school also announced the new Lyle Scholars Program to support annual and endowed scholarships.

Meadows School of the Arts

Reporting: John S. McFarland ’59, ’61, convening co-chair
The Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum in Madrid entered an historic partnership encompassing: the loan of three major paintings from the Prado; interdisciplinary research at SMU; an unprecedented fellowship exchange between the two museums; and a range of public programs…Meadows Scholars Program is having a major impact on recruitment efforts and increasing student quality; proceeds from the annual Meadows at the Meyerson event help support this program and this year will generate at least five new Meadows scholarships for students entering in fall 2011.

Perkins School of Theology

Reporting: Kay Prothro Yeager ’61, co-chair
The school has completed funding for the new Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall and renovation of Kirby and Selecman halls…school has set goal of positioning Graduate Program in Religious Studies, a joint program with Dedman College, as the top religious studies graduate program in the U.S.; to support this effort, Perkins has set an ambitious endowment goal of $11 million that will elevate the school’s ability to recruit top students and continue to attract outstanding faculty…approval was received to create a new Center for Religious Leadership.

Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development

Reporting: Richard H. Collins ’69 and Connie Blass O’Neill ’77, co-chairs
Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall was dedicated September 24, 2010; commitments to name 17 rooms, nine benches and one of three gardens have been received to date, and prominent naming opportunities are still available…Simmons School currently has six endowed scholarships and will continue efforts to secure funding for additional annual and endowed scholarships.

Faculty and Staff

Reporting: Mark P. Christensen, Julie A. Wiksten ’78, ’92, co-chairs
Faculty and staff kicked off annual fund drive at event attended by more than 300…faculty/staff participation from nearly all schools and units across campus has already reached the 25% annual participation goal set for the fiscal year…deans and vice presidents were challenged to set their own goals for their departments…three of the 16 schools and units have already met their participation goals for the year.


Reporting: Denny R. Holman ’67, co-chair
Recently completed Athletics Master Plan includes initiatives spanning from facilities enhancements and new construction to scholarships and support for the development of student athletes…Athletics has received 11 major gifts this fiscal year supporting four key initiatives, including: the Center for the Development of Student-Athletes; Ford Stadium upgrades; Payne Stewart Golf Learning Center; and Turpin Tennis Stadium.

Campus and Student Life

Reporting: Richard Ware ’68, co-chair
Committee is continuing efforts to secure lead funding for new Mustang Band Initiative… SMU recently received a major gift naming the Mustang Band Hall Performance and Event Plaza…ongoing priorities include securing additional funding for scholarship support, the Hegi Family Career Development Center and the Jim Caswell Endowment for Leadership Development and Training.