The Maynard Awards, Assistantships, and Scholarships come from endowments established in the memory of long-time SMU professor Betty Maynard by her brother, Mr. William Maynard. Professor Betty Maynard taught in SMU's urban studies program, while it still existed, and in the sociology department, which she at one time chaired. Her passions also led her to help found the Japan exchange program and establish the Women's Studies program in the early 1970s. As associate dean of Dedman College, she became one of the first women at SMU to hold a high position in the administration. She also served as President of Faculty Senate in 1985-86. A well-known campus activist, she was a mentor and role model to many students who encouraged women students to fulfill their dreams.
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