A gift of $1 million from Charles Mangum ’86 and his wife, Elaine Sheffer Mangum ’89, in honor of Charles’ parents will endow the Barbara and James Mangum Endowed Awards for Teaching Excellence. The gift was made as SMU continues its celebration of the Year of the Faculty.

Beginning in 2016, the awards will be presented annually to outstanding nontenured and tenured-track accounting faculty in the Cox School of Business and economics faculty in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. The awards will strengthen SMU’s national reputation as a center of higher learning by rewarding faculty who inspire and expand the minds of students in these classes.

“I always wanted to do something for SMU that had purpose,” says Charles Mangum. “It was important to me that the awards recognize those who are shaping traditional classroom learning for many years to come.”

Charles Mangum was a double major in economics and finance. He and Elaine met at SMU and were married in Perkins Chapel. The Mangums are residents of Boston, Mass. Their son, James ’14, is also an SMU graduate and lives in Dallas.