Dear Friends of SMU,
Today I delivered to the University’s Board of Trustees the final totals for SMU’s Second Century Campaign. The campaign has generated a total of $1.15 billion, surpassing the goal of $1 billion set by the University’s Board of Trustees two years ago and far outpacing the original campaign goal of $750 million.
SMU is one of only 34 private universities that have undertaken campaigns of $1 billion or more. The total makes The Second Century Campaign the largest private university campaign in Texas history.
Thanks to the campaign’s impact, SMU is now poised to take an extraordinary step forward, one that portends increasing visibility, prominence and influence, and that puts SMU in a position to achieve even greater success in the University’s next century.
This special issue of Campaign Update highlights some of the campaign’s extraordinary impact, organized around our campaign goals of enhancing student quality, faculty and academic excellence and the campus experience.
One of the most remarkable successes achieved by the campaign has come in support for scholarships. Access to financial assistance is crucial at a time when colleges and universities are competing vigorously to attract and also retain top students. The campaign raised support for 689 new student scholarships, far greater than the original goal of 500.
SMU has added 54 new endowed faculty positions, contributing to a University total of 116. The University also received funding for 68 new or significantly enhanced academic programs and initiatives, including endowments for two schools, Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development and Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering. The increase in faculty endowments is helping make it possible for SMU to bring to campus leading scholars in diverse fields and retain outstanding faculty. Funding for both faculty and programs ensures that resources are available for new and other important areas of academic inquiry.
The campaign has substantially funded 24 capital projects, including new and renovated facilities for academic programs, student housing and athletics. The new Residential Commons system, to take one example, has had a profound effect, bringing to SMU a vibrant new model of campus living. Renovations to Moody Coliseum have contributed to the fun and excitement of SMU graduation and home basketball and volleyball games, imbuing competitions with a spirit we now know as “Moody Magic.”
Reaching these goals could not have been accomplished without the support, commitment and efforts of many people. SMU is extremely grateful to more than 65,000 donors who supported the campaign, including more than 780 who provided major gifts of $100,000 or more. Everyone who made a gift at any level deserves our appreciation for their generosity and commitment to the University’s goals. (A complete list of donors will be released in conjunction with Founders’ Day Weekend in April.)
Our campaign volunteers, beginning with members of the Campaign Leadership Council and chairs and members of campaign steering committees, and including everyone who spread the word about the good things happening at SMU, all deserve great credit for what ultimately was accomplished.
While the statistics cited above tell a story of success, it is exciting to realize that the campaign’s full effect on SMU will continue to unfold for years to come. What we can say today is that all who contributed to The Second Century Campaign have put in place a strong foundation for future achievement, success and progress at SMU. And they have ensured that future generations of SMU students and faculty will be equipped to embrace their roles as leaders, innovators and world changers.
Today marks an extraordinary moment in the history of SMU. Thank you for helping shape the future of your University.
R. GERALD TURNER