The entire Second Century Campaign has been filled with historic moments, and this spring featured two of the most significant.

In this Campaign Update you will read about The Meadows Foundation’s extraordinary Second Century Campaign gift in support of Meadows School of the Arts and the Meadows Museum.

The Foundation’s gift, the largest in SMU history, represents a profound vote of confidence in the University’s future. It stems from a unique partnership between the Foundation and SMU that has been a defining feature of the University for more than five decades.

As part of our annual Founders’ Day Weekend festivities in April, the SMU community also marked the 50th anniversary of the opening of the Meadows Museum, celebrating the past, present and future of a beloved and world-renowned arts institution.  These and other striking examples of campaign progress have energized all of us throughout the final spring semester of The Second Century Campaign.

As we celebrate the campaign’s transformational impact thus far, we also turn our attention to the final months of the initiative. It is essential to keep in mind that important goals remain to be achieved before the campaign’s end date of December 31, 2015.

In addition to our financial goal of $1 billion, another crucial goal not yet achieved is reaching a total of 110 endowed faculty positions. Faculty endowments are vital because they allow the University to recruit and retain experts of great distinction and are regarded as a key indicator of an educational institution’s quality. While new generous gifts for endowments have enabled SMU to move ahead, we remain short of our target.

As The Second Century Campaign’s final countdown begins, I want to thank everyone whose support and hard work have enabled SMU to take such dramatic steps forward in recent years.

With just months remaining on a journey that we began together, I urge all who care about SMU’s future to come together to ensure that we meet the challenges we have set and put SMU on a course for a bold and exciting future.

R. Gerald Turner