One of the brightest examples of The Second Century Campaign’s success is SMU’s newest school, the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development.

I hope you will join us on September 24 as we dedicate the school’s first new home, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall. More than just a new facility, the building’s opening is a milestone in the emergence of a new academic entity that has garnered attention from educators and educational reformers across the nation.

Founded in 2005, the school has a growing list of achievements in its short history:

  • The school has established partnerships with entities across North Texas, from counseling and other human development programs in the northern suburbs to school partnerships in the heart of the city.
  • Renowned professors have joined the faculty, such as G. Reid Lyon, distinguished professor of education policy and leadership, who brings extensive experience in teaching, education research and policymaking in Washington, D.C., and James Guthrie, who left Vanderbilt University last year to
    become the first concurrent faculty appointment in the Simmons School and a senior fellow in the George W. Bush Presidential Institute.
  • Faculty and students are conducting groundbreaking research in reading, dyslexia and bilingual education, leading to evidence-based findings that will benefit teachers in the near- and long-term.
    The school is poised for achievement because of the generosity of two lifelong supporters of education. Annette Caldwell Simmons ’57, a former Dallas school teacher, and her husband, Harold C. Simmons, provided a historic lead gift for the school in 2007.

The debut of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall marks an important step in the growing prominence of this new academic endeavor. With your support, the University will continue to lead the way in creating new knowledge in a range of fields to help address the challenges of society and the nation.

R. Gerald Turner