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$1 Billion. And Change.

Thanks to the inspiring generosity of farsighted donors, SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign created a firm foundation for the University’s second century of achievement. Extraordinary support from alumni, friends, parents and students enabled the campaign to exceed its goal of raising $1 billion.

Every major goal of the campaign was surpassed:

  • More than 600 endowed scholarships were created, smashing the goal of 500.
  • More than 50 new endowed faculty positions were added, pushing the University total past 110.
  • 18 major capital projects were completed to enhance the SMU experience.
  • Nearly 60 percent of alumni made a gift during the campaign, far beyond the goal of 50 percent.
  • In a single year, 26 percent of undergraduate alumni donated, exceeding the goal of 25 percent.

The legacy of this investment will forever enhance the University’s ability to attract and shape the expert faculty and the future leaders who will change their world.

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The Second Century Campaign

$1 Billion. And Change.

The Second Century Campaign

Buddy Gray

Statistical Science Gift
The children of retired Prof. Buddy Gray and his wife, Rebecca, surprised their parents with a $1.5 million gift to SMU.

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Honoring Donors
SMU hosts a luncheon honoring donors whose gifts have provided new student scholarships and support funds.  

SMU Meadows School of the Arts

Gift to Journalism
Belo Foundation gives SMU Journalism $500,000 gift to recruit students with diverse backgrounds.

Umphrey Lee

Professorship Endowed
A $1.5 million gift from Highland Park United Methodist Church will endow the Umphrey Lee Professorship and establish the HPUMC Future Church Leaders Program.

Duncan Macfarlane

Engineers with Ideas
Duncan MacFarlane, an engineer with a passion for ideas, is the first Bobby B. Lyle Chair in Entrepreneurship.

Alan R. Bromberg

Law School Gift
A $2 million gift from the wife of the late SMU Law Professor Alan Bromberg will endow a Centennial Chair.

H. Ross Perot, Thomas W. Luce III and Ross Perot Jr.

Law Scholars Program
A $1.75 million gift will endow the Thomas W. Luce, III Centennial Dedman Law Scholars Program.

Dallas Hall at SMU

$1B Goal Reached
SMU reaches $1 billion campaign goal ahead of schedule for resources supporting academic quality and campus life.