According to SMU Board of Trustees Chair Michael M. Boone, this action expresses the Board’s continuing confidence in Turner’s leadership. “The Board’s goal is to continue SMU’s momentum and its rising prominence at this historic time.”
The SMU Board reelected Boone as board chair. Robert H. Dedman, Jr. was elected vice-chair and chair-elect. He is expected to serve as board chair beginning in June 2018. David B. Miller was elected secretary. Two new committee chairs were chosen by the Board: Kelly Compton will chair the Academic Affairs Committee and Jeanne Tower Cox will chair the Student Affairs Committee.
New ex-officio members of the Board are SMU Faculty Senate President Paul Krueger, a professor of mechanical engineering in the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering, SMU Alumni Board Chair Doug Smellage, 1977 SMU alumnus and Dallas businessman, and SMU Student Trustee Andrew Udofa, a 2014 SMU alumnus (degrees in biology and chemistry) and current Simmons School of Education and Human Development doctoral student.
SMU’s new deans, who will start at the University on Aug. 1, are Matthew B. Myers, Cox School of Business, and Stephanie L. Knight, Simmons School of Education and Human Development.
The Board also enthusiastically supported the Pony Power: Strengthening the Stampede initiative to strengthen annual support for scholarships and programs. The goal of this three-year effort is to increase current-use giving from its $43 million per year total to $50 million per year.
Four philanthropic, civic and business leaders will receive SMU’s 2012 Distinguished Alumni Awards in a ceremony beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 25 on the University’s Main Quad. The DAA Award is the highest honor the University bestows upon its graduates.
This year’s recipients include philanthropic leader Jeanne Tower Cox (’78), former University Park Mayor James H. “Blackie” Holmes III (’57,’59), and entrepreneur Paul B. Loyd Jr. (‘68). Medical physicist Alonso Gutiérrez (’03, pictured right) will receive the University’s Emerging Leader Award, which recognizes an outstanding alumnus or alumna for achievements within the last 15 years.
During the ceremony, past Distinguished Alumni Award recipients will be honored as History Makers as part of SMU’s ongoing Centennial celebration. The honorees attending this year’s ceremony are:
Lindalyn Bennett Adams, historic preservationist, humanitarian and civic leader
Fritz E. Barton Jr., physician, teacher and researcher
Don R. Benton, minister
Donald D. Clayton, astrophysicist
Allison Allen Holland, interior decorator
Nancy Ann Hunter Hunt, philanthropist and civic leader
Ray L. Hunt, business leader and philanthropist
William L. Hutchison, investor and oil and gas producer
Sally Rhodus Lancaster, philanthropist and civic leader
Virginia Holt McFarland, philanthropist and humanitarian
Ruth Ann Rogers Montgomery, preservationist, civic leader and philanthropist
Carl Sewell, business leader and author
William T. Solomon, business leader and philanthropist
Ellen Coleman Terry, real estate leader and philanthropist
Gail Griffin Thomas, philanthropist and civic leader
A town hall forum sponsored by the SMU Student Senate attracted about 150 participants and generated lively discussion on the issue of alcohol and drug abuse at SMU. For 90 minutes at the Oct. 22 session, students asked questions and gave their views to the University’s Task Force on Substance Abuse Prevention, appointed by SMU President R. Gerald Turner last spring.
“The Student Senate has a longstanding tradition of protecting the rights of the student body,” said Patrick Kobler, Student Concerns Chair of the Student Senate, at the start of the meeting.
“We want students to take ownership of this issue on campus,” added Student Body president and Task Force member Katherine Tullos, “and we encourage you to present solutions along with the problems you describe.” Read more. (Daily Campus photo by John Schreiber)