The Second Century Campaign is accelerating progress throughout the University and laying a foundation for the future. In this issue of Campaign Update, you will read stories describing the extraordinary impact and growth of the campaign in recent months.

The new Hunter and Stephanie Hunt Institute for Engineering and Humanity in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering is the latest example of SMU’s continuing development as an institution addressing global issues. It also is the fourth institute or academic center to be permanently endowed thus far through the campaign. Others include:

  • Center for Engineering Leadership, also in the Lyle School
  • EnCap Investments and LCM Group Alternative Asset Management Center in Cox School of Business
  • Center for Financial Studies, also in the Cox School of Business

Progress is being felt not only in the academic sphere but also in the campus life that surrounds it. The Mustangs’ historic victory in the Sheraton Hawaii Bowl, an achievement helped by the support of generous Second Century Campaign donors, represented an important step forward for SMU athletics and drew attention to SMU’s increasing national prominence. The team’s remarkable season demonstrates the way that success born of discipline and hard work can inspire the entire University community. This commitment to excellence also can be found throughout SMU in classrooms, libraries, laboratories, performance halls and a range of other athletic venues.

Finally, the most recent meeting of the Campaign Executive Committee highlights the efforts of campaign volunteers across the nation. This snapshot of campaign momentum demonstrates the broad and significant support SMU is receiving at a time when many universities and colleges are retrenching.

I applaud your role in this success and thank you for your commitment to our shared vision for SMU’s future.

R. Gerald Turner