Tom and his wife, Cheri, recently began their tenure as co-chairs of the Parent Leadership Council (PLC). The PLC supports SMU’s Second Century Campaign by strengthening ties between the University and parents and increasing gifts to the SMU Parent Fund. Tom serves as president and chief investment officer of Cornerstone Capital Management, Inc. Campaign Update spoke with Tom about his undergraduate years at SMU and his decision to take on the role of PLC co-chair.

Campaign Update: Would you comment on your experience as an SMU undergraduate and how the University helped to prepare you for your career and adult life?
Kamp: SMU was a huge part of my development as a person. I joined a fraternity, was active in a variety of organizations and was a sophomore adviser in a freshmen dorm. I am so grateful to my professors, who were incredibly supportive. They recognized me as an eager student who wanted to learn more.

CU: Your oldest daughter, Madeleine (’11), just graduated from SMU, and your second daughter, Sydney (’15), began her undergraduate career at SMU this fall. How have you seen the University change over the years?
Kamp: The building expansions and renovations on campus have blown me away! As a former engineering student, I’m particularly ecstatic about the new buildings at the Lyle School of Engineering and their new approach, which puts engineers at the forefront of efforts to take on the toughest challenges facing society. It’s an exciting example of what’s happening everywhere on campus.

CU: Why did you feel it was important to accept the role of PLC co-chair?
Kamp: I’ve been honored to be a member of the PLC over the past four years, and I want to recognize my predecessors, Bill (’82) and Liz (’82) Armstrong, who did a phenomenal job of leading the group. It was fascinating to sit in on briefings about the future direction of the University, and I wanted to do more. My new role is a way to contribute to the ongoing developments at SMU.

CU: What would you say to parents and others about why it’s so important to support the
University at this time?
Kamp: SMU is a great school! To continue the current progress it’s critical that we expand support. I hope others will join Cheri and me in sensing the excitement of being on a winning team like SMU. The University has a great tradition to draw from and significant capabilities. Today’s students will benefit from this heritage and these capabilities for the rest of their lives. With support from donors, we can ensure that SMU’s future is even brighter.

For more information about the Parent Leadership Council, please contact Christi Shelton Contreras at 214-768-4746 or