Scott McLean is a member of the SMU Board of Trustees and co-chair of The Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for Houston, where he also serves as CEO of Amegy Bank of Texas. He is a member of the executive boards of Cox School of Business and Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences as well as a member of SMU’s Parent Leadership Council. He is a former president of the SMU Alumni Board and leader of annual giving efforts.
Campaign Update: The Campaign Steering Committee for Houston recently announced some major milestones. Would you outline those achievements and talk about what lessons can be drawn from that success?
McLean: I like to say we’ve seen a “stangpede”! We’ve received more than $100 million, including 12 commitments of more than $1 million each. We have had great leadership support from a number of longtime, well-known Houston families. Equally important, Houston-area donors have given more than 10,000 gifts and reached a 26 percent alumni participation level in the last fiscal year. Our committee has worked hard, and President Turner and his team have committed significant time to relationship building in Houston. Proving, as they say, you must be present to win.
CU: The campaign has enabled SMU to raise its level of activity around the country. How have the regional campaign volunteers made a difference during The Second Century Campaign?
McLean: Our committee of volunteers has done a fabulous job of supporting all University priorities regardless of school or program. Volunteers have made their own gifts, and they also have been especially effective in building relationships, hosting gatherings with prospective donors and accompanying SMU staff on dozens of appointments. They have provided valuable advice and opened doors that have led to hundreds of personal visits with alumni, parents and friends.
CU: As we enter the final three years of the campaign, on what objectives are you and your fellow co-chairs and committee members focusing?
McLean: We are going to keep doing what we have been doing. A number of priorities and projects across the University still need funding. We all feel good about what has been accomplished, but critical work remains.
CU: How will SMU’s success in the campaign’s 10 leadership cities across the country impact the University beyond The Second Century Campaign?
McLean: The participation of alumni, parents and friends in The Second Century Campaign has had a major impact on SMU. Their involvement is also crucial in helping build a foundation that will continue to support the University long after this campaign ends. SMU’s success in the leadership cities also is tied to its rising visibility nationally and globally. We’re going to keep riding that momentum.
View a list of the Campaign Steering Committee for Houston members and other campaign volunteers.