William B. Stallcup Jr., who served as SMU president ad interim during a crucial period in the University’s history, was honored with the Trustee Distinguished Service Award at the SMU Board of Trustees’ meeting on May 9.
In fall 1986, when SMU’s football program received the NCAA “death penalty,” the Board of Trustees called upon Stallcup to serve as president ad interim. He helped to guide athletics reforms and a complete restructuring of SMU’s governance system.
In its resolution honoring him with the Distinguished Service Award, the board commended “the strength of his integrity and earned respect” and stated that “his conduct of the University’s affairs during this troubled period restored the confidence of the faculty, students, staff and alumni in the administrative leadership of the University.”
After serving as president ad interim from November 1986 to August 1987, Stallcup returned to teaching until his retirement in 1989. He then served as resident director of SMU-in-Taos from 1990-92. He was honored in 2002 as a recipient of SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award.