Tribute to a Great Leader
James E. Caswell spent nearly five decades at SMU as an administrator, teacher, and student. He inspired generations of students and colleagues with his charisma and mentoring leadership. Serving as both an educator and an ordained Methodist minister, Caswell demonstrated an unwavering commitment to the Methodist educational ideals of "preparing men and women to be humane persons, good citizens, and productive members of their professions and of society." Caswell believed in developing leaders who were reflective, authentic and dedicated to improving their local communities. Above all else, he believed in the principle "leadership in service to others."
In 2007, SMU established an endowment for student leadership development in special recognition of Dr. James E. Caswell, a beloved SMU administrator and educator.