When David J. Chard joined SMU this fall as dean of the School of Education and Human Development, he had no idea that, within weeks, his university world would change. As he settled into his office in a converted apartment building long overdue for updating, he was well aware of the School’s need for resources, including a suitable building and endowment for programs, research and faculty. President R. Gerald Turner was acutely aware of the needs, too, and, in fact, had been talking with prospective donors about a major gift for the school.Read more
Engineering education is getting a Texas-sized boost.
A $10.1 million gift to SMU from the W.W. Caruth Jr. Foundation at Communities Foundation of Texas will help the United States compete globally in engineering and technology by preparing students to excel in these fields. It is the single largest gift ever received by the School of Engineering.Read more
As an international business leader, Edwin L. Cox knows what it takes to compete in a global marketplace – the best minds armed with the best education through nationally recognized academic programs. So he knew that providing funds for merit scholarships at SMU would be a wise investment. Cox is providing $5 million for merit-based undergraduate scholarships in the school that bears his name – SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business.Read more
The impact of beloved SMU professor Laurence Perrine will continue for generations to come through a bequest from the estate of his wife, Catherine Perrine. The $3.3 million bequest will fund scholarships and an endowed faculty chair in the Department of English, Dedman College.Read more
SMU broke ground in December on the Crum Basketball Center, a state-of-the-art facility for the men’s and women’s basketball programs scheduled to open in October 2007. The Center is made possible by a leadership gift of $6 million from Sylvie P. and Gary T. Crum (’69), an SMU trustee.Read more
A new distribution of more than $2 million to SMU from the will of former U.S. Congressman and Judge Brady P. Gentry will double the size of a scholarship fund for students from several East Texas counties.Read more