SMU began the final year of The Second Century Campaign with six new leadership commitments for a range of University priorities. Here is a list of those gifts and the generous donors who provided them:

  • $1.5 million from Investor’s Business Daily founder William J. O’Neil ’55 and his wife, Fay C. O’Neil ’55, in operational funds for the William J. O’Neil Center for Global Markets and Freedom, the center they established at SMU in 2008 to study the impact of competitive market forces on freedom and prosperity in the global economy. The center offers training for individuals who recognize the importance of globalization in a changing business environment.
  • $1 million from SMU Trustee David B. Miller ’72, ’73 and his wife, Carolyn L. Miller, committed for MBA Scholarships. In his new role as Cox School of Business Executive Board chair, Mr. Miller is supporting the School’s efforts to raise $20 million in MBA Scholarships during the campaign.
  • $1 million from Richard H. Collins ’69 to establish the Institute for Leadership Impact in Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The institute will support the preparation of leaders in private education systems.
  • $1 million planned gift from an anonymous donor to establish an endowed fund in Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The fund will support undergraduate and graduate scholarships for students preparing to become teachers.
  • $1 million from Charles A. Mangum ’86 and his wife, Elaine Scheffer Mangum ’89, for the Barbara and James Mangum Endowed Teaching Excellence Fund, honoring Charles’ parents. The fund will present annual awards to outstanding accounting faculty in Cox School of Business and economics faculty in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
  • $800,000 in new funds raising to $1 million the total commitment from Jennifer D. Flanagan ’82 and Martin L. Flanagan ’82, co-chairs of the Campaign Steering Committee for Atlanta, for the Jennifer and Marty Flanagan Endowed Master of Arts/Master of Business Administration Scholarship. It supports graduate students pursuing careers in arts management through a dual degree program offered jointly by Meadows School of the Arts and Cox School of Business.