SMU Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and Carolyn Lacy Miller have committed $10 million toward the expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum.
The April 28 announcement of the Miller gift came just days following the announcement that the Moody Foundation had committed $20 million to the $40 million project. (See story on page 2.)
“With this remarkable gift, David and Carolyn Miller move us closer to full funding for the renovation and expansion of this major resource for the campus and community,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.
“As a former Mustang basketball player, David has enjoyed the excitement of athletic success in this facility, and he and Carolyn have participated in numerous ceremonies in Moody. Now they are helping to ensure that others enjoy these communal experiences in a state-of- the-art version of this historic facility.”
The announcement ceremony was held in the Moody Coliseum foyer and attended by students, faculty, alumni, family and friends as well as three generations of the Miller family.
“I had a wonderful academic and athletic experience at SMU,” said David Miller, a member of the Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Athletics. “We are delighted to give something back to a University that has been so important to generations of our family.”
The Millers have been generous longtime donors to academic and athletic programs at SMU. Gifts have created the David B. Miller Endowed Professorship, the Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies, the EnCap Investments & LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center and the David B. Miller Endowed Scholarship Fund, all in the Cox School of Business.
They also created the David and Carolyn Miller Annual Scholarships and provided support for the Crum Basketball Center, the men’s basketball program and Circle of Champions in the Department of Athletics.
“We are happy and honored that a former SMU student- athlete who has done so well professionally continues to support our student-athletes at such a significant level,” said Steve Orsini, director of athletics.
“David understands the importance of athletics to SMU, and this gift provides our programs with an immediate and long-lasting boost as well as dramatically improving the quality of experience all students will enjoy at Moody Coliseum events.”
Miller earned a B.B.A. degree in finance and an M.B.A. degree from SMU. As an undergraduate, he was a three- year starter and letterman on the varsity basketball team and a member of the 1971-1972 Southwest Conference Co-Championship team.
Miller received the Distinguished Alumni Award from the Edwin L. Cox School of Business in 2000. In 2009 he received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award from the SMU Lettermen’s Association.