A year after celebrating a $20 million gift from Harold and Annette Simmons, SMU broke ground December 5 on the building that will house the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Mrs. Simmons, a former teacher, is an elementary education graduate of SMU.
“When the Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall is completed, it will mark the culmination of the work and contributions of many, led by the vision and generosity of two – Harold and Annette Simmons,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As their own lives have been profoundly touched by education, this wonderful new building will be the starting place for new generations of educators and for new research on teaching and learning.”
The new Hall, targeted for completion in the spring of 2010, will consolidate programs that have been housed in a variety of classrooms and offices. The building, positioned prominently on the east side of campus, is designed to be welcoming to students and visitors. It will include classrooms; research laboratories, including exercise physiology and biomechanics labs; faculty and administrative offices and student support areas. With the construction of this new building, as well as continuing programs at SMU-in-Legacy in Plano, the school will have a visible presence at both of SMU’s Dallas-area campuses.
Although education programs have been a part of SMU’s curriculum since the institution’s early years, SMU renewed its commitment to this important field in 2005 by creating the School of Education and Human Development with specific areas of focus. Read more on Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall.