Donors provided significant support to The Second Century Campaign throughout its final months, ensuring a strong finish as the campaign progressed to its conclusion December 31, 2015, and pushing the total past the campaign’s goal.

The Second Century Campaign ultimately received contributions totaling $1.15 billion in support of student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

“Those of us who care about the future of SMU are deeply grateful for all gifts, including those made late in the campaign,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “In addition to providing funding for important University priorities, these gifts have helped ensure that SMU continues to have a strong sense of momentum moving forward.”

Contributions included:

  • Gifts totaling more than $5 million from the Embrey Family Foundation for operational and endowment support of the Embrey Human Rights Program in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
  • A gift of $3.5 million from the Deason family to create the Deason Family Criminal Justice Reform Center in Dedman School of Law.
  • Gifts totaling more than $3 million from WJO Foundation and Charles Koch Foundation in support of the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom in Cox School of Business.
  • A gift of $2 million from Anne R. Bromberg to establish the Alan R. Bromberg Centennial Chair in Corporate, Partnership and Securities Law in Dedman Law in honor of her late husband, a renowned professor in the law school.
  • A gift of $1.75 million from Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83 and Ross Perot, Jr., to establish the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program, honoring Luce’s dedication to law and community and helping infuse students with his integrity and commitment to public service.
  • A gift of $1.5 million from Jane R. Bolin and Pat S. Bolin ’73 to establish the Jane and Pat Bolin Director of the Maguire Energy Institute in the Cox School.
  • A planned gift of $1.5 million from M. Scott Gray ’90 and Duane Minix to establish the Henry L. and Rebecca A. Gray Endowed Chair in Statistical Sciences in Dedman College.
  • A gift of $1.5 million from Highland Park United Methodist Church to Perkins School of Theology to advance Methodist scholarship. The gift includes $1 million to establish the Umphrey Lee Professorship in Methodist History and $500,000 to educate people seeking leadership positions in the Methodist church.
  • A planned gift of $1.5 million from James H. McIntosh ’66 to establish the James H. McIntosh Chair in Engineering in Lyle School of Engineering.
  • A planned gift of $1 million from Abha Singh Divine ’89 and James S. Divine ’89 that ultimately will establish an endowed President’s Scholarship and an endowed scholarship in electrical engineering in the Lyle School.
  • A planned gift of $1 million from Robert C. S. Embree M.B.A. ’13 that ultimately will support the Robert C. S. Embree Endowed Scholarship in Cox School of Business, the Larry J. Embree Endowed Scholarship in Dedman College, the Donald J. Embree Endowed Scholarship in Meadows School of the Arts and the Mustang Club.
  • A gift of $1 million from GRUMA-Mission Foods to the John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in Dedman College to launch a new program to research and promote policy-based discussion on the economic, political and social ties between Mexico and Texas.
  • A gift of $900,000 from Jorge Baldor ’93 to the Tower Center in Dedman College to establish the new Latino Center for Leadership Development-SMU Tower Center Policy Program, a strategic academic partnership to identify and implement policy-focused solutions to the Latino community’s most pressing concerns.
  • A gift of $500,000 from The Belo Foundation to establish a new endowment in the Meadows School in support of the School’s Division of Journalism in recruiting students with diverse ethnic, racial and socioeconomic backgrounds.
  • A gift of $500,000 from the Henry Luce Foundation in support of the Center for the Study of Latino/a Christianity and Religions in the Perkins School.
  • A gift of $500,000 from Gina L. and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 to establish the Tucker S. Bridwell Liberty and Markets Student Reading Group Endowment Fund in the Cox School.

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