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Individuals like Linda and Mitch Hart exemplify effective leadership. Active in professional and civic endeavors, the Harts have founded, supported and enhanced many business and educational ventures, including: Hart Group, Inc.; RMAX, Inc.; the Hart Global Leaders Forum at SMU; SMU Hart eCenter; and SMU’s Hart Center for Engineering Leadership. Both Linda Hart and Mitch Hart are former Board Chairs of SMU’s Tate Distinguished Lecture Series and serve on the Board of Directors of that Series.
     Linda Hart, a graduate of the SMU School of Law, is Vice Chairman, President and CEO of Hart Group, Inc., and former Chairman of Imation Corp. Ms. Hart is Vice-Chairman of the Center for Strategic and International Studies (CSIS), is past Chairman of the Dallas Symphony Orchestra Association and has also been an active leader in The Dallas Citizens Council, International Women’s Forum – Dallas (IWF – Dallas), The Greater Dallas Chamber of Commerce, the Texas National Research Laboratory Commission, the International Women’s Forum Leadership Foundation and the Dallas Women’s Foundation. Ms. Hart is former Chairman and current ex officio member of the Legal Advisory Committee to the New York Stock Exchange and serves on a variety of corporate and civic boards, including Executive Boards of SMU’s Dedman School of Law and Cox School of Business.
       Mitch Hart, a graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy, served as an officer in the U.S. Marine Corps, has been an SMU Trustee Emeritus and was Co-Chair of the SMU Dedman College Capital Campaign Committee. He is Chairman of Hart Group, Inc., founding Director and former Chairman of the Episcopal School of Dallas and a former Trustee and Trustee Emeritus of Duke University. In 1985, he endowed the Hart Leadership Program at Duke University’s Terry Sanford Institute of Public Policy, and he and Ms. Hart served on the Institute’s Board. Mitch Hart is a member of numerous business and civic boards and is a member of World Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives Organization and the Executive Board of the Boy Scouts of America. Additionally, he served on the SMU Campaign Leadership Council and SMU Lyle School of Engineering Executive Board and its Campaign Steering Committee.