Endowed Meadows Museum Directorship

President R. Gerald Turner, Linda Pitts Custard ’60, ’99 and William A. Custard ’57 with the certificate recognizing creation of the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in Meadows School of the Arts.

President R. Gerald Turner, Linda Pitts Custard ’60, ’99 and William A. Custard ’57 with the certificate recognizing creation of the Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in Meadows School of the Arts.

A $1 million gift from Linda Pitts Custard ’60, ’99 and William A. Custard ’57 will establish and endow the position of Linda P. and William A. Custard Director of the Meadows Museum and Centennial Chair in Meadows School of the Arts. An additional $1 million from The Meadows Foundation will add to the endowment of the position.

“We are deeply grateful to Linda and Bill Custard for their generosity in establishing this endowed position for the Meadows Museum and the Meadows School,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “This Centennial Chair supports one of the campaign’s highest priorities, to bring the total of SMU’s endowed academic positions to 100.”

Mark A. Roglán, director of the Meadows Museum since 2006, will be the first holder of the position.

For more information, please contact Kris Vetter at 214-768-4559 or kvetter@smu.edu.

Art History Graduate Fellowship

An anonymous $1.125 million matching challenge will support creation of a permanent endowment for Art History graduate study in Meadows School of the Arts. SMU’s receipt of the gift is contingent upon additional cash contributions totaling $1.125 million from other donors by December 31, 2013.

While Art History is a traditional strength of the Meadows School, the gift in support of graduate study is the most recent mark of progress for a program that has increased in international stature. This gift complements the recent addition of renowned scholar Roberto Tejada as the first holder of the new Distinguished Endowed Research Chair in Art History, as well as creation of an Art History Ph.D. program.

Through the Meadows School’s 2020 Initiative, the School aspires to attain a top 20 ranking for the new doctoral program by 2020, the year of the National Research Council’s next data release.

For more information, please contact Kris Vetter at 214-768-4559 or kvetter@smu.edu.

The Next Phase of Mustang Basketball: Moody Coliseum Renovation

Gifts to The Second Century Campaign have supported a vision of outstanding athletics programs on the Hilltop, including both men’s and women’s basketball. In 2008, Crum Basketball Center opened. This state-of-the-art practice facility features practice courts and locker rooms for the men’s and women’s teams, a strength and conditioning center and a sports medicine area.

In the spring of 2012, a small group of visionary donors provided the funding needed to hire Hall of Fame Coach Larry Brown to lead the men’s program. Coach Brown recently signed the best recruiting class in the history of Mustang basketball.

To enhance the experience for student-athletes and patrons, the University is now engaged in a major renovation and expansion of iconic Moody Coliseum. The project includes the Carolyn and David Miller Event Center, a new addition to the facility for special events. Other patron amenities include new premium suites and loge boxes, new seats throughout the building, new video technology and expanded concourses.

For more information on ways to support the Moody Coliseum renovation, please contact Tim Leonard at tleonard@smu.edu or 214-768-4465.

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