On September 12, SMU launched the public phase of The Second Century Campaign, the largest fundraising initiative in the University’s history. A year later, the results are encouraging.

Thanks to the inspiring support of alumni, family and friends, we have achieved an important campaign milestone, exceeding the halfway mark toward our campaign goal of raising $750 million – despite the economic downturn. And, as you will read in this newsletter, SMU has continued to move forward toward many of our goals.

The push for continued progress stems from SMU’s ambitious founding in 1911 and has expressed itself in the century of achievement that began when SMU opened in 1915. And the momentum is clear across the University. Increased scholarship funding has helped us to attract talented students sought by other universities nationwide. Funding for academic programs and faculty appointments has enabled us to recruit and retain distinguished professors.

We have dedicated two new facilities this fall – Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall for Perkins School of Theology and the new sculpture plaza for Meadows Museum. A new building for Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development is in progress, and the new Caruth Hall, part of Lyle School of Engineering, is nearing completion.

I hope you enjoy keeping up to date on the University’s progress and achievements through this newsletter. Our ability to keep moving forward is a testament to the extraordinary support of all of you who are committed to ensuring a bright future for SMU.

R. Gerald Turner, President