The hard work and extraordinary impact of Second Century Campaign volunteers both in Dallas and around the United States were apparent at the May 5, 2011, 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 and the campaign’s co-chairs for student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

President’s Report

President R. Gerald Turner
As of May 5, SMU received commitments of $537.8 million toward total campaign goal of $750 million (see page 2 for updated figures)…alumni annual participation in FY11 reached 22 percent toward 25 percent goal…total alumni participation has reached 34.8 percent toward 50 percent goal…campaign had a remarkable spring, with SMU receiving 10 new commitments of $1 million or more…the tremendous $20 million commitment from the Moody Foundation provided the lead gift for the renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and is among the largest in the history of the University…subsequent $10 million gift to the Moody project from David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and Carolyn Lacy Miller is also among the largest single commitments to SMU…Trustee Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and former Trustee Ross Perot, Jr. established an endowed chair in honor of Sarah’s father: The Jerome M. Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair in Economic Freedom in the Cox School of Business; Mrs. Perot’s father also provided significant support for the position…Elisabeth Martin Armstrong ’82 and William D. Armstrong ’82 generously committed $5 million to fund the first Residential Commons of the new Residential Commons complex.

Student quality

Carl Sewell ’66, campaign co-chair
The campaign thus far has raised $123 million toward $200 million goal (61 percent) for student quality…campaign has enabled creation of 224 endowed scholarships to date, as compared to a total of 171 in last campaign, A Time to Lead…applications rose by nearly 50 percent in spring 2011.

Faculty and academic excellence

Caren H. Prothro, campaign co-chair
Commitments to date include $246 million toward $350 million goal (70 percent) for faculty and academic excellence…campaign has enabled creation of 21 new endowed faculty positions, leaving 17 to reach University goal of 100…campaign has received gifts establishing 15 endowed schools, centers, institutes and academic programs.

Campus experience

Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48, campaign co-chair
SMU has received $142.3 million thus far toward $200 million goal (71 percent) for the campus experience. This includes new gifts toward the renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum and for the Residential Commons.