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SMU Board of Trustees announced

October 8, 2012

DALLAS (SMU) – Business, academic, civic and religious leaders are serving on the SMU Board of Trustees through 2016, guiding the University as it celebrates its centennial and continues its Second Century Campaign.  The group was elected in July during the quadrennial meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction of The United Methodist Church and began their terms with the Board of Trustees meeting Sept. 13-14.

Dallas Hall with Fountain in the foregroundIn addition, Caren H. Prothro was re-elected as chair, Robert H. Dedman, Jr. is serving as vice chair and David B. Miller is serving as secretary.  Michael M. Boone has been named chair-elect, to become chair in June 2014.  Officers are elected for one-year terms and are eligible for re-election up to four consecutive terms in any respective office. The Board of Trustees willhold its next quarterly meeting Dec. 6-7.

“I’m delighted to continue as SMU Board chair during this pivotal and exciting time in our history,” Prothro said. “Working with Dr. Turner and his administration, the Board is leading SMU to an unprecedented level of progress – in academic quality, research, resource development and community impact. We fully expect to continue this momentum.”

The 42-member board sets policies governing the operation of SMU, a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago and in 2015 celebrating the centennial of its opening.  SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.

New trustees were nominated for approval by the South Central Jurisdiction by the 2008-2012 SMU Board of Trustees, based upon suggestions from Board members; bishops and other members of The United Methodist Church; and faculty, students and alumni of SMU. 

Eleven new trustees were elected and 27 trustees were re-elected to four-year terms. Two new ex officio members were elected to represent students and faculty and two ex-officio members were re-elected.

Newly elected to the SMU Board of Trustees are:

  • William D. Armstrong, president and owner of Armstrong Oil and Gas, Inc., Denver
  • Richie L. Butler, business leader and founding senior pastor of Union Cathedral, Dallas
  • Jeanne Tower Cox, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas. She previously served on the board from 1996-2008.
  • Katherine Raymond Crow, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas
  • Antoine L.V. Dijkstra, partner and co-founder of Implexus Capital & Partners, The Netherlands
  • Bishop James E. Dorff, San Antonio Episcopal Area of The United Methodist Church, San Antonio.  He replaced a retiring trustee in spring 2012.
  • Larry R. Faulkner, president-emeritus UT-Austin and retired president of Houston Endowment, Inc., Austin and Houston
  • Bishop Michael McKee, North Texas Conference of The United Methodist Church, Dallas
  • Scott J. McLean, chief executive officer of Amergy Bank of Texas, Houston. He previously served on the board from 1996-1997 representing the SMU Alumni Board.
  • Connie Blass O’Neill, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas. She previously served on the board from 2007-2009 representing the SMU Alumni Board.
  • Richard Ware, president of Amarillo National Bank, Amarillo. He previously served on the board from 1980-1992 and from 1994-2008.

New ex officio members named to the board are Steven M. Edwards, president of the SMU Faculty Senate, and John D. Oakes, student representative, both of whom will serve one-year terms. Continuing ex officio members are R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU, and William H. Vanderstraaten, chair of the SMU Alumni Board and president of Chief Partners LP, of Dallas, who is serving a two-year term.

“Our newly elected trustees will bring valuable new perspectives to Board deliberations and decisions.  Along with our continuing trustees, the Board will have a strong balance of insights and experience to lead SMU into our second century of achievement,” said President R. Gerald Turner. “Our Board continues to reflect SMU’s strong partnership with our region as well as the University’s growing importance nationally and globally.

“In addition, we thank the trustees who have completed their terms of service,” Turner said. “In particular, we are grateful for their leadership in planning and supporting the Second Century Campaign and centennial commemorations. They leave us with a legacy of wisdom and commitment that will inspire new and continuing Board members.”


Trustees re-elected to the board are:

  • Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas
  • Michael M. Boone, founder and partner of Haynes & Boone LLP, Dallas
  • Bradley W. Brookshire, chair of the board, Brookshire Grocery Co., Tyler
  • Laura Welch Bush, former First Lady of the United States, Dallas
  • Kelly Hoglund Compton, executive director of the Hoglund Foundation, Dallas
  • Rev. Mark Craig, senior minister of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas
  • Gary T. Crum, president of CFP Foundation, Houston
  • Robert H. Dedman, Jr., president and CEO of DFI Management, Ltd., Dallas
  • Gerald J. Ford, chair and CEO of Diamond A Ford Corporation, Dallas
  • Antonio O. Garza, Jr., counsel for White & Case, S.C., Mexico City
  • James R. Gibbs, retired chair of Frontier Oil Corporation, Houston
  • Frederick B. Hegi, Jr., founding partner of Wingate Partners, Dallas
  • Clark K. Hunt, chairman and CEO of the Kansas City Chiefs, Dallas
  • Ray L. Hunt, chair, president and CEO of Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Dallas
  • Gene C. Jones, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas
  • Bishop Scott J. Jones, Great Plains Annual Conference of The United Methodist Church, Wichita, Kan.
  • Fredrick S. Leach, urology specialist in private medical practice, Plano
  • Paul B. Loyd, Jr., investments with PBL Enterprises, Houston
  • Bobby B. Lyle, chair, president and CEO of Lyco Holdings Incorporated, Dallas
  • David B. Miller, co-founder and managingpartner, EnCap Investments L.P. , Dallas
  • Rev. Dr. Sheron Covington Patterson, communications officer for the North Texas Region of The United Methodist Church, Dallas
  • Sarah Fullinwider Perot, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas
  • Jeanne L. Phillips, senior vice president at Hunt Consolidated, Inc., Dallas
  • Caren H. Prothro, civic and philanthropic leader, Dallas
  • Carl Sewell, chair of Sewell Automotive Companies, Dallas
  • Richard K. Templeton, chair, president and CEO of Texas Instruments Incorporated, Dallas
  • Royce E. (Ed) Wilson, Sr., CEO and vice chair of Attensity Media, Santa Monica, Calif.

SMU also benefits from the continuing interest and ongoing perspectives of former Board members, including trustees emeriti: Edwin L. Cox, chair and CEO of Edwin L. Cox Co., Dallas; William L. Hutchison, president of Hutchison Oil & Gas Corp., Dallas; and Cary M. Maguire, chair and president of Maguire Oil Company, Dallas.


Chair Caren Prothro has been a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1992 and served as vice chair from 1996-2000.  She has been chair since 2010.  Prothro currently is a co-chair of SMU’s Second Century Campaign and its Campaign Leadership Council. As trustee chair, she also serves as an ex officio member on the executive boards of each of SMU’s schools and its libraries and on each of the trustee standing committees. In addition, she serves as vice-chair of the SMU-in-Taos executive board.

Vice chair Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84, is the general partner of Putterboy, Ltd. and president of the Dedman family enterprise, DFI Management, Ltd.  He was elected to the SMU Board of Trustees in 2004 and previously served as boardsecretary, 2010-12.   Dedman also serves on the Executive Boards of Dedman College and Dedman School of Law, and on the Second Century Campaign Leadership Council.  He previously served SMU on the board of the John G. Tower Center for Political Studies, the 21st Century Council and the Texas Campaign Steering Committee for The Campaign for SMU.

Secretary David B. Miller ’72, ’73 is co-founder and managing partner of EnCap Investments L.P., a leading provider of private equity to the oil and gas industry based in Houston and Dallas. He also is president of the David B. Miller Family Foundation, which he established in2006. Miller was elected to the Board of Trustees in 2008 and honored as an SMU Distinguished Alumnus in 2011.  He also serves on theboards of the Cox School of Business and Maguire Energy Institute. As an undergraduate at SMU, Miller was a three-year starter on the varsity basketball team and a member of the 1971-72 Southwest Conference Co-Championship team.

Chair-elect Michael M. Boone  ’63, ’67 is founder and partner at Haynes& Boone LLP. He has served on the Board of Trustees since 1996, is a vice chair for the Second Century Celebration Organizing Committee and serves on the Executive Board of the Dedman School of Law. Boone led the development of “Dallas &SMU: The Power of Partnership,” a community and economic impact report that explores the unique contributions SMU is making to North Texas.  He received the University’s Distinguished Alumnus Award in 1996 and received the 2007-08 J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from the University’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility.



SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls nearly 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.