July 15, 2009
The Second Century Campaign’s volunteer leadership reported that the campaign had raised more than $364 million as of April 30 and that 34,223 donors had contributed. The results were announced during the May 7 semi-annual meeting of the Campaign Executive Committee (CEC). By May 31, SMU ended its fiscal year with a campaign total of $367 million. Campaign co-chair Ray L. Hunt ’65, who provided the status report, added that the enthusiasm and involvement of many volunteers seemed to be the unofficial theme of the meeting.
That observation was borne out, in part, by the presence of the many co-chairs from the U.S. and around the world representing Second Century Campaign cities and regions, in addition to co-chairs with responsibility for schools and areas of the University. Craig James ’83, Campus and Student Life Steering Committee co-chair, spoke passionately about the importance of alumni reconnecting with SMU. He described the recent Athletics Hall of Champions awards dinner as an event that had been successful in renewing connections and generating excitement.
Attending for the first time as co-chairs for the new Campaign Steering Committee for Faculty and Staff were Julie A. Wiksten ’78, ’92, executive director of Auxiliary Services at SMU, and Harold W. Stanley, Geurin-Pettus Professor of Political Science in Dedman College. Stanley said faculty and staff could have a positive impact on the University by matching the alumni goals of 25 percent participation annually and 50 percent participation during the campaign.
In other news, President R. Gerald Turner reported that in the first year of the campaign’s public phase, the number of donors contributing $1 million or more had reached 54, which he called a “tremendous result.” During the entirety of the last campaign, “A Time to Lead,” the University received a total of 113 gifts exceeding $1 million.
Campaign co-chair Carl Sewell ’66 provided an update on the campaign’s impact on strategic priorities of the University. Campaign achievements thus far include:
The next meeting of the Campaign Steering Committee will take place on December 3.