September 10, 2009
Endowments created in The Second Century Campaign by alumni, parents and friends provide permanent funding for scholarships, faculty positions, research opportunities and academic programs. SMU aims to increase dramatically these vital, longterm supports across the University. Here are three examples of faculty and scholarship programs supported by endowment.
TI Distinguished Chair in Engineering Education and Director of the Caruth Institute for Engineering Education
Delores M. Etter is committed to two distinct but related missions. As head of the new SMU/Lockheed Martin Skunk Works® Program, Etter is teaching young engineers to be innovators and problem solvers in a work environment that cultivates students’ abilities to make good decisions quickly and work outside normal business hierarchies. The program is the first partnership between the iconic research lab and a university. As director of the Caruth Institute, Etter is helping prepare the next generation of engineers through a program to educate teachers about ways to make advanced math and science courses relevant and exciting for high school students. Etter joined the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering after serving as both assistant secretary of the Navy for research, development and acquisition and as deputy undersecretary of defense for science and technology.
Edwin L. Cox BBA Scholars
The Edwin L. Cox BBA Scholars program has had a measurable impact on the University’s ability to attract and retain talented students. The program admits students with exceptional academic credentials to Cox School of Business as first-year undergraduates. These students have very high grades and, in 2009, an average combined (math and critical reading) SAT score of 1400 – more than 100 points higher than six years ago. It’s also clear that the BBA Scholars program is successfully preparing students for top positions in business. As an example, BBA scholar Santiago Nuñez ’09 began work as an investmentbanking analyst with the prestigious investment firm Lazard Freres & Co. LLC in New York in June. Nuñez received an early job offer after working as a summer intern the previous year. “As a Cox student, I discovered I could do as well or better than people from all of the best business programs,” he says.
Judge James Noel, Dean and Professor of Law
Dedman School of Law became one of the few law schools in the country with an endowed deanship through a $4 million gift from the Noel family of Houston in honor of the late Judge James L. Noel, Jr. The Noel gift was matched with $1 million from the Dallas family of school namesake Robert H. Dedman, for a total endowment of $5 million. Judge Noel’s five children and their spouses, all of whom live in Houston, joined together in making the gift to SMU. Four of the five children have SMU degrees. The Judge James Noel Deanship and Professorship of Law is held by John B. Attanasio, dean of the Dedman School since 1998. “This is a wonderful way to honor Judge Noel,” said Dean Attanasio. “Only a small number of law schools in the country have endowed deanships, and even fewer are endowed at the $5 million level.” Judge Noel earned three degrees from SMU. He was appointed to the federal bench in Houston by President John F. Kennedy in 1961.