Trustees & Administration

Letter from the Chair of the Board of Trustees

Caren Prothro

It is a special time at SMU.

This Annual Report highlights the University’s extraordinary progress during 2011-12, the second year of SMU’s centennial commemoration period. It is a snapshot of an institution in motion.

In one important measure of progress, the average SAT score of incoming first-year students in fall 2011 reached 1269, setting a new record. The rise, supported by donor contributions for merit-based scholarships, takes SMU closer to reaching the University’s announced goal of an average SAT score of 1300.

During 2011-12 SMU also received support for new faculty positions, another key component of academic quality. Talented faculty members both impart and create knowledge, and increasing the number of endowed faculty positions is of central importance if SMU is to rank higher among the nation’s top educational institutions.

This spring the University embarked upon a new major phase of campus development in fulfillment of SMU’s Centennial Master Plan. Up-to-date facilities support accomplishment in every area of endeavor, and these construction and renovation projects will ensure that both students and faculty members have the tools necessary for achievement well into the future.

As part of SMU’s centennial commemoration period, the University commissioned a study of its unique contributions to Dallas-Fort Worth, titled The Power of Partnership: SMU Community and Economic Impact Report. I want to take this opportunity to thank Mike Boone ’63, ’67, vice chair of the Board of Trustees, for his leadership in the creation of the report, which also emphasizes how SMU can play a vital role in the region’s future.

None of these accomplishments would have been possible without the generous contributions of donors as well as the dedication of others who care deeply about the University. Great credit goes to President R. Gerald Turner and his administrative team. In addition, as chair of the Board of Trustees, I would like to express my deepest appreciation for the time, talents and commitment given by all of my fellow board members, especially those whose terms ended in May 2012. You have the profound gratitude of the University community for all you have done to ensure a bright future for SMU.

Caren H. Prothro
Chair, Board of Trustees