Business leaders, a philanthropic community leader and an innovative entrepreneur will receive SMU’s 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award, the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.
This year’s recipients include Ike Griffin (’57), president of Horizon Communities in Prison; David B. Miller (’72, ’73), co-founder and partner of EnCap Investments L.P.; and Annette Caldwell Simmons (’57), community leader and philanthropist. TOMS Shoes founder Blake Mycoskie (’99, left) will receive the Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the past 15 years.
The 2011 Distinguished Alumni Award reception and dinner takes place at 6 p.m. Thursday, Nov. 3, in the Martha Proctor Mack Grand Ballroom, Umphrey Lee Center. The awards ceremony will be held in McFarlin Auditorium at 8 p.m., following the dinner and reception. The dinner is sold out, but tickets to a dinner buffet and reception in Centennial Hall at the Hughes Trigg Student Center, 3140 Dyer Street, and the presentation at 8 p.m. at McFarlin Auditorium remain available. To register, visit the SMU Alumni website.
During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s Centennial celebration. The honorees this year are:
- Ruth Collins Altshuler, philanthropist and first woman chair and longest serving member of the SMU Board of Trustees
- Lila Mae Banks Cockrell, four-term mayor of San Antonio
- Edwin L. Cox, business leader and Cox School benefactor
- Lee Cullum, journalist, writer and broadcaster
- Jess T. Hay, international business and civic leader
- Mary Ellen Mitchell Jericho, civic leader and philanthropist
- Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, civic leader and philanthropist
- Ray L. Hunt, civic and business leader and philanthropist
- William King McElvaney, minister, SMU professor emeritus and author
- Ruth I. Allen (Mewhinney), Dallas pioneer in medicine
- Marshall Terry, SMU professor emeritus and author