$2.5 million gift will help fund SMU-in-Taos campus center

David B. Miller

$2.5 million gift will help fund SMU-in-Taos campus center

Carolyn and David Miller

Carolyn and David Miller

A $2.5 million gift from Carolyn and David Miller will help fund a $4 million campus center at SMU-in-Taos in New Mexico.

The Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center will include academic spaces, a media room and a gathering space for groups as large as 100. The great hall will have outdoor views on three sides and a fireplace for chilly mountain evenings.

Outdoor spaces will include a deck that surrounds the building, a plaza that connects the center to other buildings and an entry terrace with seating for events. Groundbreaking is scheduled for July with completion scheduled for May 2015.

The gift to SMU-in-Taos counts toward the $1 billion goal of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, which to date has raised more than $820 million to support student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.

“SMU-in-Taos is a gem that offers SMU students a unique learning experience in a setting conducive to discovery. This generous gift from Carolyn and David Miller will enhance our students’ experiences by providing a central place to gather, learn and explore in a facility that embraces its natural setting,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

> Dallas Morning News: $2.5 million gift to SMU-in-Taos will bring it closer to Shangri-La

The 423-acre SMU-in-Taos campus opened in 1973 and includes the 19th-century Fort Burgwin and the 13th-century Pot Creek Pueblo archaeological site. Students can earn course credit at the Taos campus during three summer terms and, new in 2014, a January term (J Term). Participation in summer terms has increased more than 40 percent in the last three years.

“The campus center will add another facet to the classroom-without-walls experience at SMU-in-Taos,” said Mike Adler, director of SMU-in-Taos and associate professor of anthropology. “The Millers’ gift is a tremendous step toward the $4 million cost of the building. We look forward to the support of other generous donors.”

The Millers’ gift to SMU-in-Taos is the most recent example of their support of SMU. Their 2011 gift to create the 39,245-square-foot Miller Event Center expansion to Moody Coliseum enhanced facilities in the recently renovated and expanded coliseum, which opened Dec. 31, 2013.

“David and I are delighted to play a part in enhancing the SMU-in-Taos campus,” said Carolyn Miller. “We become SMU-in-Taos students each summer when we attend the Taos Cultural Institute and are thrilled to play a role in strengthening the SMU-in-Taos experience for all students.”

Written by Nancy George

> Read the full story from SMU News

January 28, 2014|News|

SMU honors 2011 Distinguished Alumni and Emerging Leader Nov. 3

Blake Mycoskie, TOMS Shoes founder and SMU alumnusBusiness 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 PrisonDavid 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

> Read more about this year’s DAA honorees from SMU News
> Find a list of past DAA recipients at the SMU Alumni site

November 3, 2011|Calendar Highlights, News|

Millers commit $10 million to Moody Coliseum renovation, expansion

David B. and Carolyn Lacy MillerDavid B. Miller, SMU alumnus and member of the Board of Trustees, and his wife, Carolyn Lacy Miller, have committed $10 million toward the expansion and renovation of Moody Coliseum.

“With this remarkable gift, David and Carolyn Miller move us closer to full funding for the renovation and expansion of this major resource for the campus and community,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As a former Mustang basketball player, David has enjoyed the excitement of athletic success in this facility, and he and Carolyn have participated in numerous ceremonies in Moody. Now they are helping to ensure that others enjoy these communal experiences in a state-of-the-art version of this historic facility.”

The Millers’ announcement came just days after the Moody Foundation announced April 20 that it is committing $20 million toward the $40 million Moody expansion and renovation project. “With these lead gifts, we feel confident we have the momentum to attract other donors, and we look forward to working with them,” Turner added.

In commenting on their gift, David Miller said, “I had a wonderful academic and athletic experience at SMU. We are delighted to give something back to a University that has been so important to three generations of our family.”

Miller is co-founder and partner of EnCap Investments L.P., a private equity firm based in Houston and Dallas. He also is president of the David B. Miller Family Foundation, which he established in 2006. In addition to SMU, the foundation contributes to numerous charitable organizations. Carolyn Miller is vice president of the foundation.

Mr. Miller earned two degrees from SMU, a B.B.A. degree in finance in 1972 and an M.B.A. degree in 1973. As an undergraduate, he was a three-year starter and letterman on the varsity basketball team and a member of the 1971-1972 Southwest Conference Co-Championship team. Mr. Miller received the Distinguished Alumni Award from SMU’s Cox School of Business in 2000. In 2009 he received the Silver Anniversary Mustang Award from the SMU Lettermen’s Association.

“We are happy and honored that a former SMU student-athlete who has done so well professionally continues to support our student-athletes at such a significant level,” said Director of Athletics Steve Orsini. “David understands the importance of athletics to SMU, and this gift gives our programs an immediate and long-lasting boost, as well as dramatically improving the quality of experience all students will enjoy at Moody Coliseum events. The Millers’ generous gift will help make our legendary facility a state-of-the-art venue and help our teams meet the top-25 standard we have set for each of them.”

> Read more about the Millers’ gift from SMU News
> Also in the Forum: Moody Foundation $20 million gift will renovate namesake coliseum at SMU
> Visit Moody Coliseum Renovation Central

May 3, 2011|News|

$3 million from two alumni will establish new asset management program

Fincher Building cupolaTwo alumni of SMU’s Cox School of Business have helped the School create an undergraduate curriculum in alternative asset management. D. Scott Luttrell (’77), founder and chief executive of LCM Group Inc. of Tampa, and David B. Miller (’72, ’73), partner and cofounder of EnCap Investments LP, have each contributed $1.5 million toward establishing the program.

The combined gifts will fund the EnCap Investments and LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center and the hiring of a director. It will also support development of courses leading to a specialization within the finance major at the undergraduate level and the finance concentration at the M.B.A. level.

Cox Dean Al Niemi points out that Dallas is one of the three leading U.S. cities in private equity and hedge funds and provides a natural market for graduates in this field. “During the past five years, investments in hedge funds, venture capital, private equity, real estate, and oil and gas have increased exponentially,” he says. “The hedge fund market alone has grown from the first fund pioneered by A.W. Jones in 1949 to more than 6,000 today. The demand for alternative asset investment professionals has exploded.”

Read more from Robert Miller in The Dallas Morning News.

March 6, 2008|News|
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