(L-R) José Antonio Bowen, Meadows School dean, Ross Perot, Jr., Sarah Fullinwider Perot ‘83, Leah Fullinwider, Jerome M. Fullinwider and R. Gerald Turner, SMU president, with the certificate honoring the creation of the Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair.

(L-R) José Antonio Bowen, Meadows School dean, Ross Perot, Jr., Sarah Fullinwider Perot ‘83, Leah Fullinwider, Jerome M. Fullinwider and R. Gerald Turner, SMU president, with the certificate honoring the creation of the Fullinwider Endowed Centennial Chair.

A $2 million gift from SMU Trustee Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., in honor of Sarah’s mother, Mrs. Leah Fullinwider, has established an endowed centennial chair in music performance at SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts, the first centennial position in the Meadows School.

“The arts are vital to our community, and we are proud that SMU is leading the way in preparing artists for careers that will help keep the arts relevant for future generations,” said Sarah Perot. “We are delighted to lend our support to these efforts through this new centennial chair in honor of my mother, who studied both piano and organ and has had a lifelong love of classical music.”

This is the second centennial chair established by the Perots. The first, established in 2011 in the Cox School of Business, honored Sarah’s father, Jerome M. Fullinwider. In addition to serving SMU as a trustee, Sarah Perot is co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Meadows School. Ross Perot, Jr., is a former member of the SMU Board of Trustees.

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