Building enterprising spirit

Jane R. and Pat S. Bolin ’73 commit $7.5 million to the Cox School of Business


A $7.5 million gift from Jane R. and Pat S. Bolin ’73 to SMU’s Edwin L. Cox School of Business will foster collaboration inside and outside the classroom, and strengthen students’ advanced data analysis skills.

The Bolins’ gift will combine with a $7.5 million designation by Gina L. and Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74 from their previously announced gift to create the new Bolin-Bridwell Hall, part of the future Cox School renovation and expansion project. Bolin-Bridwell Hall will offer a learning environment that mirrors the evolving workplace and uses the latest technology to build students’ data fluency.

“I am grateful to Jane and Pat for empowering students who will become the next generation of business leaders,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Bolin-Bridwell Hall will be a vital addition to the educational facilities of the Cox School.”

Inside Bolin-Bridwell Hall, classroom spaces and areas for collaborating outside of class will support innovative teaching practices and build the collaboration skills that top companies seek and that entrepreneurs need. The facility will promote all three of the school’s curriculum pillars: leadership, analytics and experiential learning.