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2014 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

2017 SMU Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Frank M. Dunlevy ’71

Frank M. Dunlevy

Frank M. Dunlevy has served his profession and his alma mater with dedication and distinction. After entering SMU in 1964 as a member of the swim team, he interrupted his education to serve three years in the U.S. Army in the 101st and 82nd Airborne in Vietnam.  His numerous decorations include the Purple Heart and Combat Infantryman’s Badge. He returned to the Cox School of Business and graduated in 1971.

Dunlevy has had a distinguished career in investment banking, including 20 years with The First Boston Corporation. He currently is vice chairman of Cowen and Company, an investment bank, and is based in San Francisco. He played a key role in the early public financing for such companies as Charles Schwab, Infosys, Kohl’s, Magna International and Chipotle.

Dunlevy has maintained strong ties with SMU. He received the Cox School’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999. He was a member of the Board of Trustees from 2000 to 2012, serving on the standing committees on finance and athletics. He currently serves on the executive boards of Dedman College and Cox School of Business. He is providing leadership to SMU’s Second Century Campaign as co-chair of the Campaign Steering Committee for the Cox School of Business and honorary chair of the San Francisco Campaign Steering Committee. His daughter and son-in-law, Andrea and Greg Williams, received MBAs  from Cox in 1998.  His  son, Andrew, is an SMU student, class of 2015.  Dunlevy has supported both academics and athletics at SMU. He also provides support to his city’s civic and cultural organizations, including the San Francisco Zoo, Opera, Ballet, Symphony and Asian Art Museum.