SMU’s Houston-area alumni, parents and friends as well as foundations and corporations have committed more than $100 million to The Second Century Campaign.

That dramatic announcement was made by Scott J. McLean ’78, SMU trustee and co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for Houston, during an SMU special event November 1 at the Houstonian Hotel.

The event honored Yandell “Tog” Rogers, Jr. ’61, who has provided a commitment for a $12.1 million scholarship endowment in Dedman School of Law, as well as 11 other leadership donors.

Houston donors have given more than 10,000 gifts thus far during the campaign, resulting in 15 new endowments for professorships, scholarships and academic and student life initiatives. Forty-nine Houston donors have made commitments of $50,000 or more, and more than 1,100 donors have been recognized by SMU’s Hilltop Society for two-to-20 years of consecutive years of giving to SMU.

“Alumni support during this campaign and, for that matter, long after the campaign has ended, is a key part of building and supporting a great university,” said Dennis E. Murphree ’69, Houston Steering Committee co-chair.

“As you know, Houston has always been a very important city for SMU,” President Turner said, noting that the city has more than 6,200 SMU alumni and more than 400 SMU students currently enrolled.

“Events like this are important because they give us the opportunity to connect with some of SMU’s most loyal supporters who live outside the Dallas/Fort Worth community,” said Brad E. Cheves, SMU’s vice president for Development and External Affairs.

To learn more, please contact Kurt Pottkotter, executive director for National Major Giving Programs, at 214-768-3639 or