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Board of Trustees

Robert H. Dedman R. Gerald Turner

Robert H. Dedman
Chair

R. Gerald Turner
President

Veritas Liberabit Vos:
“The truth will make you free.”
Southern Methodist University Motto

The Board of Trustees is the principal governance authority of Southern Methodist University. It governs the University by establishing policy and exercising fiduciary responsibility for the long-term well-being of the educational institution.

The Board of Trustees is responsible for the election of the President and oversees and aligns the University’s strategic direction, educational policy, finances and operations with its charitable mission.  The Trustees dedicate their expertise and resources to the advancement of SMU and play an integral role in the implementation of the mission and strategic plan of the University.

The Board of Trustees meets four times a year (in February, May, September, and December).


Board Composition

  • The Board is composed of 42 Trustees.

  • With the exception of the Ex Officio Trustees, Trustees serve four-year terms.

  • Under the Bylaws’ Nomination of Methodist Trustees provision, 7 of the Trustees shall be members of the United Methodist Church, including 1 Bishop of the United Methodist Church, recommended by the College of Bishops of the South Central Jurisdictional Conference of the United Methodist Church.

  • The Board has 4 Ex Officio Trustees: (i) The President of the University, (ii) a representative of the University Faculty Senate, (iii) a representative of the University Student’s Association, and (iv) a representative of the University Alumni Association.The Ex Officio Trustees hold their respective trusteeship by virtue of their position at the University.

Inquiries

Inquiries concerning the SMU Board of Trustees may be directed to the Office of the Secretary.

We appreciate your interest in Southern Methodist University.


ROBERT H. DEDMAN, JR. '80, '84 (Chair)
DFI Management, Ltd.

GERALD B. ALLEY '75
Con-Real, LP

JENNIFER BURR ALTABEF '78 '81
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

WILLIAM D. ARMSTRONG '82
Armstrong Oil and Gas, Inc. 

MICHAEL M. BOONE '63, '67
Haynes & Boone, LLP

TUCKER S. BRIDWELL '73, '74
Mansefeldt Investment Corporation

BRADLEY BROOKSHIRE '76
Brookshire Grocery Company

CHRISTA J. BROWN-SANFORD '04
Baker Botts LLP

THOMAS G. BURISH
University of Notre Dame

LAURA WELCH BUSH '68
Former First Lady of the United States

PASTOR RICHIE L. BUTLER '93
St. Luke "Community" UMC

KELLY HOGLUND COMPTON '79 (Secretary)
The Hoglund Foundation

JEANNE TOWER COX '78
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

KATHERINE RAYMOND CROW '94
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

GARY T. CRUM '69
CFP Foundation

CHRISTOPHER EARLES '21 (Ex Officio)
Student Trustee

MARTIN L. FLANAGAN '82
Invesco Ltd.

GERALD J. FORD '66, '69
Diamond A Ford Corporation

ANTONIO O. GARZA, JR. '83
U. S. Ambassador to Mexico (Ret.)
White & Case, S.C.

DAVID C. HALEY '86
HBK Capital Management

FREDERICK B. HEGI JR. '66
Wingate Partners

CLARK K. HUNT '87
Kansas City Chiefs and FC Dallas 

RAY L. HUNT '65
Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

DAVID S. HUNTLEY '80
AT&T Inc.

GEORGE W. KILLEBREW '85 (Ex Officio)
President, SMU Alumni Board

PAUL B. LOYD, JR. '68

PBL Investment
 
BOBBY B. LYLE '67
Lyco Holdings, Incorporated

BISHOP MICHAEL McKEE '78

Dallas Area Bishop
The United Methodist Church
 
SCOTT J. McLEAN '78
Zions Bancorporation

DAVID B. MILLER '72, '73 (Vice-Chair)

EnCap Investments, L.P.

FRANCES A. MOODY-DAHLBERG '92
The Moody Foundation

CONNIE BLASS O'NEILL '77
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

SARAH FULLINWIDER PEROT '83
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

JEANNE L. PHILLIPS '76
Hunt Consolidated, Inc.

CAREN H. PROTHRO
Civic and Philanthropic Leader

THE REVEREND PAUL L. RASMUSSEN '04
Highland Park UMC


BRUCE A ROBSON '76
Robvest

CARL SEWELL '66
Sewell Automotive Companies

RICHARD K. TEMPLETON
Texas Instruments, Inc.

AURELIE THIELE (Ex Officio)
President Faculty Senate

R. GERALD TURNER
Southern Methodist University
ex officio

RICHARD WARE '68

Amarillo National Bank

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