Give Now

2015 Distinguished Alumni Award Recipients

Donald F. Jackson ’63

Don Jackson has led distinguished careers in both higher education and business. After earning his B.B.A. in finance at SMU in 1963, he received the M.B.A. from Indiana University and Ph.D. from the University of Texas. He taught finance at the Cox School of Business from 1967-78. A dedicated teacher, he was twice named a Rotunda Outstanding Professor of SMU and also twice received the Salgo Distinguished Teacher Award from the Cox School. While on campus, he co-founded the Women’s Financial Series and established for SMU finance students one of the earliest real-money investment practicums, through which today’s B.B.A. and M.B.A. students manage over $9 million in assets. Since leaving SMU, Jackson has had a second successful career as financial counselor to a limited number of multi-generational families. In 2010 SMU alumnus and trustee David Miller honored his former professor by providing the lead gift to establish the Don Jackson Center for Financial Studies in the Cox School of Business.