Jeanne Tower Cox

Updates from the May 5, 2017 meeting of the SMU Board of Trustees

In its quarterly meeting May 5, SMU’s Board of Trustees elected new officers, selected two new committee chairs and welcomed new incoming deans of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. President R. Gerald Turner also agreed to a five-year extension, ensuring that he will continue to serve as president until at least May 31, 2022.

According to SMU Board of Trustees Chair Michael M. Boone, this action expresses the Board’s continuing confidence in Turner’s leadership. “The Board’s goal is to continue SMU’s momentum and its rising prominence at this historic time.”

The SMU Board reelected Boone as board chair. Robert H. Dedman, Jr. was elected vice-chair and chair-elect. He is expected to serve as board chair beginning in June 2018. David B. Miller was elected secretary. Two new committee chairs were chosen by the Board: Kelly Compton will chair the Academic Affairs Committee and Jeanne Tower Cox will chair the Student Affairs Committee.

New ex-officio members of the Board are SMU Faculty Senate President Paul Krueger, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, SMU Alumni Board Chair Doug Smellage, 1977 SMU alumnus and Dallas businessman, and SMU Student Trustee Andrew Udofa, a 2014 SMU alumnus (degrees in biology and chemistry) and current Simmons School of Education and Human Development doctoral student.

SMU’s new deans, who will start at the University on Aug. 1, are Matthew B. Myers, Cox School of Business, and Stephanie L. Knight, Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

The Board also enthusiastically supported the Pony Power: Strengthening the Stampede initiative to strengthen annual support for scholarships and programs. The goal of this three-year effort is to increase current-use giving from its $43 million per year total to $50 million per year.

SMU honors 2012 DAA winners, Emerging Leader Oct. 25

SMU alumnus Alonso Gutierrez

Alonso Gutiérrez

Four philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards in a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 on the University’s Main Quad. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.

This year’s recipients include philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox (’78), former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes III (’57,’59), and entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd Jr. (‘68). Medical physicist Alonso Gutiérrez (’03, pictured right) will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the last 15 years.

During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Centennial celebration. The honorees attending this year’s ceremony are:

  • Lindalyn Bennett Adams, historic preservationist, humanitarian and civic leader
  • Fritz E. Barton Jr., physician, teacher and researcher
  • Don R. Benton, minister
  • Donald D. Clayton, astrophysicist
  • Allison Allen Holland, interior decorator
  • Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Ray L. Hunt, business leader and philanthropist
  • William L. Hutchison, investor and oil and gas producer
  • Sally Rhodus Lancaster, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Virginia Holt McFarland, philanthropist and humanitarian
  • Ruth Ann Rogers Montgomery, preservationist, civic leader and philanthropist
  • Carl Sewell, business leader and author
  • William T. Solomon, business leader and philanthropist
  • Ellen Coleman Terry, real estate leader and philanthropist
  • Gail Griffin Thomas, philanthropist and civic leader
  • Robert Hyer Thomas, attorney
  • Temple W. Williams Jr., physician

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

Student Senate town hall meeting gathers input on substance abuse issues

town-hall-forum-275.jpgA town hall forum sponsored by the SMU Student Senate attracted about 150 participants and generated lively discussion on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse at SMU. For 90 minutes at the Oct. 22 session, students asked questions and gave their views to the University’s Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, appointed by SMU President R. Gerald Turner last spring.

“The Student Senate has a longstanding tradition of protecting the rights of the student body,” said Patrick Kobler, Student Concerns Chair of the Student Senate, at the start of the meeting.

“We want students to take ownership of this issue on campus,” added Student Body president and Task Force member Katherine Tullos, “and we encourage you to present solutions along with the problems you describe.” Read more. (Daily Campus photo by John Schreiber)

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