SMU Alumni Board Nominee Application

SMU Alumni Board Nominee Application

The SMU Alumni Board is a group of peer-selected leaders who champion the University’s mission and accomplishments among our SMU network. Its mission is to galvanize alumni everywhere to connect to SMU and one another.

Board Structure

SMU relies on the Alumni Board to provide input on strategies it develops to engage, re-engage and further engage its base toward financial support.

The Alumni Board is divided into three subcommittees, each charged with components of our strategy of engagement:

  1. The Alumni Board Planning Committee: Responsibilities include DAA research, recruiting alumni board members, and helping drive attendance to premiere events such as DAA. A new task will involve taking an active role in guiding chapter leaders with their annual event and engagement plans in each region.
  2. The Volunteer Engagement Committee: Serve as liaisons to all affinity groups and volunteer programs, and they encourage alumni to use the online career platform. They will also be tasked with actively identifying and sharing alumni stories more broadly.
  3. Mustangs Give Back Committee: Members serve as social ambassadors and recruit other alumni to be social ambassadors for the giving effort. They will take a larger role in serving as champions for SMU Giving Day and Crowdfunding Challenges. They will also be tasked with helping to provide messages about each challenge.

Criteria for Membership

Board Term: Three-year commitment (June – April of the third year)

Attendance: Two of three board meetings in Dallas per year required (all three expected). First meeting is in the fall, with subsequent meetings in February and April. Meetings last about four hours. Regular attendance in committee meetings and/or conference calls is expected.

Travel: Out-of town board members are required to cover their own travel costs.

Attend Distinguished Alumni Award Dinner: Occurs on the Thursday of Homecoming; Annual Giving gift while on the Alumni Board.

Involvement: Serve on one or more board committees; Serve on reunion committee if it falls during board term; attend alumni events in your city; actively engage peer group.

Nominations: Nominations remain on the list for a total of three consecutive years, including the initial year in which individuals were nominated. If the nomination has expired, the individual may be re-nominated.

To be considered for Alumni Board membership in 2021, applicants must submit all paperwork by the January 31, 2021, deadline.

Benefits of Membership

The benefits of Alumni Board membership include exclusive information, quarterly letters from President Turner, invitations to exclusive University events, participation in focus groups and feedback sessions, tickets to Tate lectures (where possible), message by President Turner at Homecoming meeting, presentations by deans and other high-ranking school officials.


Nominations remain on the list for a total of three consecutive years, including the initial year of nomination. If a nomination has expired, an individual may be re-nominated. Applications are due no later than January 31, 2021, for consideration in 2021. Contact SMU Alumni Relations at with any questions.

Applicant Name and Address


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Reminder: To be eligible for Board Membership, you must be a degreed SMU alumnus or alumna and must have graduated more than ten years ago.
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