SMU: Home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

Distinguished Campus Visitors

SMU brings to the campus national and international leaders and dignitaries through the Willis M. Tate Distinguished Lecture Series, Hart Global Leaders Forum, John G. Tower Center Medal of Freedom and other University programs. Distinguished visitors have included:

  • Presidents George W. Bush, George H.W. Bush, Jimmy Carter and Gerald R. Ford
  • His Holiness the Dalai Lama
  • Vice Presidents Dick Cheney and Al Gore
  • Secretaries of State Madeleine Albright, Henry Kissinger, Colin Powell and Condoleezza Rice
  • Generals Norman Schwarzkopf, Brent Scowcroft and Tommy Franks
  • Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Sandra Day O’Connor
  • Senators Bob Dole, John McCain and Kay Bailey Hutchison
  • British Prime Ministers Margaret Thatcher, John Major and Tony Blair
  • President of Mexico Vicente Fox
  • Archbishop Desmond Tutu
  • Archbishop of Canterbury George L. Carey
  • Soviet President Mikhail Gorbachev
  • U.N. Secretary General Javier Pérez de Cuellar
  • Anthropologist and primatologist Jane Goodall
  • Historian and author David McCullough
  • Documentary film producer Ken Burns
  • Physicist and cosmologist Stephen Hawking