Some of the SMU alumni, parents and friends in Fort Worth who attended a Second Century Campaign celebration January 25.

Some of the SMU alumni, parents and friends in Fort Worth who attended a Second Century Campaign celebration January 25.

Alumni, parents and friends of SMU from the Fort Worth area have committed more than $9 million toward SMU’s Second Century Campaign, boosted by two leadership gifts for the Department of Art History in SMU’s Meadows School of the Arts. They include a new $1.5 million gift to establish an endowed chair in the Division of Art History from the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education.

The Kleinheinz Family Endowment is a private charitable foundation supported through contributions from Marsha and John B. Kleinheinz of Fort Worth. Their daughter, Marguerite, graduated from Meadows School of the Arts in 2012 with a bachelor’s degree in art history.

In 2012 SMU received an estate gift from the late Karl Kilinski, II, an SMU professor who served 30 years in the Department of Art History, to establish an endowed chair in Hellenic Visual Culture.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner, University officials and members of the Campaign Steering Committee for Fort Worth acknowledged these and other donors from the area during a campaign celebration January 25.

“We are deeply grateful to the Kleinheinz family, to the estate of Karl Kilinski and to all of our generous friends and supporters in Fort Worth,” said President Turner. The gifts from the Kleinheinz Family Endowment and Kilinski estate support a major goal of SMU’s Second Century Campaign to endow 110 faculty positions.

Fort Worth is home to more than 6,200 SMU alumni. Fort Worth donors have given more than 8,000 gifts during SMU’s Second Century Campaign.

“The success of The Second Century Campaign relies on the consistent support of our alumni each and every year, as well as major commitments from all of our constituents, throughout the country and right here in Fort Worth,” said Albon Head ’68, ’71, co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for Fort Worth with Stephen Tatum ’76.