SMU-in-Taos celebrated new facilities and other improvements at the campus in Northern New Mexico in July. Ground was broken July 18 for the Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center. The Chapel at Fort Burgwin, named for the pre-Civil War fort on the property, was dedicated July 16.
“SMU-in-Taos offers students and others unique learning experiences and enrichment opportunities in a setting endowed with extraordinary natural resources and cultural traditions,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are grateful to the donors who share our vision for the continued development and enhancement of this campus surrounded by the mountains of Northern New Mexico.”
The Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center
The Carolyn and David Miller Campus Center will provide a centrally located facility for gatherings of students, faculty and guests at the Taos campus. It includes a great hall accommodating up to 100, classroom and seminar rooms, a media room and a fitness center. Carolyn Miller, SMU trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and the David B. Miller Family Foundation provided $2.5 million as the lead gift for the Center, scheduled for completion in May 2015.
The Clements Foundation provided $1 million for the project. The Center also has received support from other donors, all of whom are members of the SMU-in-Taos Executive Board.
The Chapel at Fort Burgwin
The Chapel at Fort Burgwin, which was consecrated as a United Methodist chapel, includes special features such as handcrafted doors, stained glass window, cross and courtyard gate, all fabricated by local Northern New Mexican artisans. The chapel was provided by gifts from Patsy Pinson Hutchison ’54 and William L. Hutchison ’54 in memory of their mothers, Ima Leete Hutchison and Flora Hedleston Pinson.
Other Taos Campus Enhancements
The late former Texas governor William P. Clements ’39 bequeathed to the University his personal home as well as other property adjacent to the SMU-in-Taos campus. Recent renovations and improvements to the Clements residence have been made through gifts from The Clements Foundation and other generous donors.
Funding for additional improvements to the Taos campus include enhancement of the Rio Grande del Rancho river to preserve its pristine environment and a new bridge over the river on the Clements property.