TOLLESON PRESIDENT'S SCHOLARSHIPS
Through SMU'S Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series
John C. Tolleson is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Tolleson Wealth Management, a Dallas-based private banking
and wealth management firm. He is the founder, former Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First USA, Inc., one of
the largest independent credit card companies in the U.S. prior to its merger with Bank One in 1997. John served on the
SMU Board of Trustees for 12 years (2000–12) and is former Chair and current Vice-Chair of the SMU Investment
Committee. He also served as Chairman of the Executive Board of the Edwin L. Cox School of Business for 10 years (2004–14) and continues to serve as a member of the board.John was the recipient of the Cox School of Business Distinguished Alumni Award in 1996 and the Mustang Award in 2012. In 2013, he was named an SMU Honorary Letterman by the Lettermen’s Association, receiving their “M Award,” and this fall he will receive SMU’s 2016 Distinguished Alumni Award.
As a community leader, he devotes time and energy to various charitable and philanthropic organizations. John serves
on several boards including the Baylor Health Care System Foundation and Southwestern Medical Foundation, where he
also serves on the Investment Committee. In 2014, John was named a Laureate by Junior Achievement and was inducted
into the Dallas Business Hall of Fame.
Debbie Tolleson is the President of the Tolleson Family Foundation, and serves on the Board of Directors of Tolleson
Wealth Management and on the Executive Board for the Meadows School of the Arts. Debbie is a founding member of the
Women’s Auxiliary of Nexus and has been actively involved in numerous philanthropic activities throughout the community
for many years. Her involvement has included chairing, organizing and serving as a resource for many fundraising events for
Nexus Recovery Center, the Family Place, Children’s Medical Center of Dallas, the Dallas Center for the Performing Arts
Foundation, the SMU Parent Leadership Council and the Brinker International Forum.