SMU: Home of the George W. Bush Presidential Center

SMU Associations with the Bush Administration

  • First Lady Laura Bush, SMU class of 1968, member of SMU Board of Trustees. She received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 1999.
     
  • Former Vice President Dick Cheney, former member of SMU Board of Trustees
     
  • Karen Hughes, SMU class of 1977, former U.S. Under Secretary of State for Public Diplomacy and Public Affairs, former adviser to President George W. Bush. She received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2003.
     
  • Harriet Miers, SMU class of 1967 and 1970 (law), former White House Counsel. She received SMU's Distinguished Alumni Award in 2002 and the Robert G. Storey Award for Distinguished Achievement from SMU's Dedman School of Law in 2006.
     
  • Jeanne L. Phillips, SMU class of 1976, member of SMU Board of Trustees, chair of Presidential Inaugural Committee for 2005, former U.S. Representative to the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development based in Paris. She received SMU’s Distinguished Alumni Award in 2005.
     
  • Mindy Tucker Fletcher, SMU class of 1992, national press secretary for the 2000 Bush-Cheney campaign, former communications director of Republican National Committee. She received SMU’s Emerging Leader Award in 2004.
     
  • Ruth Altshuler, SMU class of 1948, member of SMU Board of Trustees; appointed to Library of Congress Trust Fund Board; National Commission for United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization; and National Leadership Council for the Laura Bush Foundation for America’s Libraries.
     
  • Caren Prothro, chair of SMU Board of Trustees, appointed to the President's Committee on the Arts and Humanities.
     
  • Gail Daly, associate dean for library and technology at SMU’s Dedman School of Law, appointed to the National Museum and Library Services Board.
     
  • The Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell, SMU class of 1981, member of SMU Board of Trustees; delivered the benediction at Bush inaugurations in 2001 and 2005.
     
  • The Rev. Mark Craig, member of the SMU Board of Trustees; delivered the sermon at the National Prayer Service in Washington’s National Cathedral, culminating activities of the 2005 Bush inauguration.
     
  • SMU Medal of Freedom recipients have included former President George H.W. Bush, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former President George W. Bush and former First Lady Laura Bush.
     
  • SMU Commencement speakers have included President George W. Bush (then Texas Governor) in 1999 and President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and former First Lady Laura Bush in 2009.
     
  • SMU Lecture Series Speakers have included former President George H.W. Bush, former First Lady Barbara Bush and former Vice President Dick Cheney.