SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign

Executive Summary

DALLAS (SMU) — SMU announced on Sept. 24 that The Second Century Campaign has reached its $1 billion goal ahead of schedule, raising unprecedented funding for scholarships, academic positions and programs, facilities and other enhancements to campus life. The announcement was made at a campus gathering celebrating the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening in Sept. 1915.

The campaign has raised support for 582 new student scholarships; 49 new endowed faculty positions, now reaching a total of 111; 66 academic programs and initiatives, including endowments for the Bobby B. Lyle School of Engineering and Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development; and 18 capital projects.

Campaign gifts include:

  • The largest single gift in SMU history – $45 million from The Meadows Foundation to support the Meadows Museum and Meadows School of the Arts.
  • Twelve gifts of $10 million or more and 171 gifts of $1 million or more.
  • Gifts from 56.9 percent of alumni.
  • Support from more than 62,000 donors worldwide, including nearly 23,000 in the Dallas-Fort Worth area.

New campaign-funded facilities include buildings for the Simmons School of Education and Human Development, Perkins School of Theology, Lyle School of Engineering and the SMU-in-Taos campus, as well as five new Residential Commons and a dining hall, a new Mustang Band Hall, new tennis center and renovation and expansion of Moody Coliseum. Under construction are the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center and Fondren Library Center renovation; upcoming construction projects include the Gerald J. Ford Research Center and an aquatics center.

Construction funded by the campaign is a major contributor to the Dallas economy. Since 2011 SMU has spent $390 million on renovation and construction projects employing about 270 service providers, including architects, engineers, landscapers, contractors and suppliers.

The Second Century Campaign was publicly launched in 2008 with a goal of $750 million, which was increased to $1 billion in 2013. The last four years of the campaign, 2011-2015, have coincided with SMU’s centennial celebration, marking the 100th anniversary of the University’s founding in 1911 and its opening in 1915.

“This is a doubly historic day for us,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As we celebrate the 100th anniversary of SMU’s opening, we are pleased to announce unprecedented new support for our future. Our founders were forward-looking leaders, and they’d be pleased to see that today’s supporters are generously investing in our next century of achievement. These donors are truly the founders of our second century.”