A memory submitted by Merrill Reynolds, Class of 1976

I had many terrific faculty members while attending SMU, but none rank higher in my mind than Donald F. Jackson. Don was a faculty member for many years in the business school. I took countless hours of finance in numerous classes that Don taught. The memories are vivid and the experience in his classes was top rate. I would never have been as successful as I have been without the instructions, information and overall teaching skills of Don Jackson. Don not only got me to understand the power of financial investing but gave me a broad base knowledge of corporate finance, banking, and real estate as well. I have done a lot of training in my life and have always tried to emulate the delivery and enjoyment that I had witnessed in Don’s classes. He was truly one of a kind and I feel so fortunate that our paths crossed while at SMU. Still today I visit with Don routinely to discuss finance and investments. You will find no better supporters of the school than Don and Fran Jackson. As SMU honors it’s faculty I am pleased to provide my memories and best wishes to the school about Donald Jackson on its 100th birthday.

Teaching the tactics of negotiation

Robin Pinkley, Professor of Management and Organizations, Cox School of Business

Master negotiator and expert in conflict resolution, Robin Pinkley guides students and corporate executives alike toward powerful negotiation skills.

Pinkley, professor of management and organizations, has consulted with numerous corporate and government organizations including General Electric, Yahoo! And Lockheed Martin. She has been interviewed on CNN, ABC, CBS, NBC, NPR and quoted in newspapers such as The Wall Street Journal, New York Times, Chicago Tribune, Washington Post and numerous magazines including Money, Fortune and Kiplinger’s Personal Finance.

Professor Pinkley’s book, “Get Paid What You’re Worth: The Expert Negotiators’ Guide to Salary and Compensation.”


Woman’s Day magazine article

A memory submitted by James Cornelius, Class of 1977

My favorite professor was Frank Young, Insurance, Cox School of Business.

I took every class he taught because he made so interesting the normally dry subject of insurance. He had a practical and oftentimes humorous approach to the curriculum which kept the students alert and interested in the subject matter. His real-life examples of insurance claims and risk management were very practical.

Frank actually was very instrumental in getting me my first job after graduating. I have been in the insurance industry for 36 years, and almost every day I look back on some of Frank’s practical teachings in running my insurance agency.

What a great asset Frank was to SMU.