December 12, 2012


SMU Trustee Michael M. Boone

Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67 received the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from the Methodist Health System Foundation October 30 for his accomplishments in making a lasting, positive change in the Dallas community and inspiring others to follow. The award is named for former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom, a 1949 SMU graduate.

“Mike Boone is a brilliant and innovative businessman as well as a community leader. He is passionate about education and serves his community in so many ways. He embodies the Folsom Leadership Award, and we are honored to celebrate his achievements,” said April Box Chamber, president and CEO of the MHS Foundation.

A 1967 graduate of SMU’s Dedman School of Law, Boone has more than 40 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance and securities transactions. As co-founder of Haynes and Boone LLP, he has been a catalyst for programs that promote diversity in the workplace and encourage participation in public service projects.

Boone, who received his B.B.A. from SMU in 1963, has served on the SMU Board of Trustees since 1996. He was named chair-elect in September and will become chair in June 2014. He is a vice chair for the Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee and serves on the Executive Board of the Dedman School of Law.

Boone led the development of “Dallas & SMU: The Power of Partnership,” a community and economic impact report that outlines the unique contributions SMU is making to North Texas. He also was instrumental in final negotiations to secure the George W. Bush Presidential Center for SMU.

He received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996 and the 2007-08 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.

In the Dallas community, Boone has served as president of the Dallas Citizens Council, as a leader at Preston Road Church of Christ and as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Highland Park Independent School District.

Boone and his wife, Marla Hays Boone ’68, reside in Highland Park. They have two children, Maryjane Boone Bonfield, a 2004 graduate of Dedman School of Law, and Michael Hays Boone, and four grandchildren.