The previous issue of Campaign Update (September 2013) described The Second Century Campaign’s extraordinary impact on SMU to date, detailing the University’s progress in a range of areas.

The issue also reported that, based on the success achieved thus far, the Board of Trustees had voted to raise the campaign goal to $1 billion, placing SMU in the ranks of only 34 universities nationwide that have conducted or are currently conducting campaigns of that size.

In this issue you will see evidence that such confidence is clearly warranted, and that SMU’s momentum is continuing to accelerate.

As volunteers from Dallas and throughout the United States gathered for a summit to discuss plans for the campaign’s remaining two years, SMU announced a $15 million gift from Trustee and Campaign Convening Co-chair Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69 and Kelli O. Ford and The Gerald J. Ford Family Foundation to build a new campus research center. Joining them in recent months are other donors whose gifts are having a profound effect on the University in a wide variety of ways.

New endowments for faculty are enabling SMU to attract and retain top experts in disciplines vital to the future of the region and the world. New scholarships for students continue to increase SMU’s ability to shape the world changers of tomorrow.

And gifts that support the construction or enhancement of vital facilities are ensuring that faculty and students have access to the most up-to-date technology and that SMU’s campuses provide an environment conducive to achievement in all areas of endeavor.

In this issue you also will read about the new campaign goals, new volunteers and the campaign’s new regional organization. Taken together, these signs of progress and new energy portend an extraordinary final phase of a campaign that continues to have a transformative effect on SMU.

It is an exciting time on the Hilltop. Thank you for your contributions, commitment and energy, which have enabled SMU to take such remarkable strides.

And thank you for joining us as we charge ahead in the campaign’s final two years and chart a second century of even greater impact.