Celebrating 100 Years of Business Education

Over a hundred years of business excellence, with 42,000+ alumni worldwide, the SMU Cox School of Business enters its next century.



Celebrating a True Visionary: Edwin L. Cox, Sr.

On October 15, 2020, as part of celebrating 100 years of business education at SMU, the SMU Cox School of Business honored Edwin L. Cox, Sr. ’42 with the inaugural Cox Visionary Award for his extraordinary leadership and contributions to the business community. Mr. Cox, for whom SMU’s business school was named in 1978, exemplifies the vision, civic engagement and can-do spirit that inspire the best in all of us today and shape the business world changers of tomorrow.



One Hundred Years of Business Education at SMU



The Future Of Business Education At SMU

During the next 100 years, the SMU Cox School of Business will work closely with the North Texas business community to remain internationally competitive and transform our educational programs to meet the rapidly shifting times. The Cox School will attract outstanding, diverse talent with scholarships for students of all backgrounds and expanded, modernized spaces that foster collaborative learning. Cox School faculty at the forefront of global thought leadership on business will educate those who will lead our North Texas community and change our world.

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SMU Cox 1920-2020

Breaking Ground on the Second Century

The future is ours to build

SMU Cox has made a Texas-sized impact on the world over the last 100 years— in Dallas/Fort Worth, North Texas, the U.S. and globally. On business. On society. On history. On the future.

Our community counts on Cox to deliver prolific and contributive educators as well as a new era of business drivers who are prepared to harness the power of the Fourth Industrial Revolution. Cox has made a measurable impact on education, business development, intellectual capital, our community, our environment and society at large.

Thanks to the ongoing partnership of our supporters, we enter 2020 eager to build a premier business education destination that takes our students far into the twenty-first century.

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The flexibility and choice to succeed in business

"Our students and corporate partners need flexibility and choice to succeed in business. SMU Cox Edge modality offers an option to earn a world-class education in-person or online without sacrificing the quality they expect and deserve from SMU Cox."

Shane Goodwin
Associate Dean of Graduate Programs and Executive Education

One Hundred Years of Business Education

In 2020, SMU Cox will celebrate 100 years of business education. On February 20, 1920, the SMU Board of Trustees voted to establish a College of Applied Arts and Sciences that included a business administration department. All along the way, the Cox School has strived to be a fruitful field for allies, thought-leaders and global citizens who drive purposeful leadership in today’s dynamic business climate. With the ongoing mission of “influencing the way the world conducts business, one student at a time,” the Cox School has been proud to help launch the careers of more than 40,000 graduates.

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SMU Cox History

"At this momentous time in the history of SMU Cox, we are grateful for your support and eager to launch our next 100 years of business education."

Matthew B. Myers
Dean, SMU Cox School of Business
Tolleson Chair of Business Leadership


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"As we launch our second hundred years, SMU Cox continues to strive for excellence in the business education we offer and in the future leaders we help develop."

Matthew B. Myers
Dean, SMU Cox School of Business, Tolleson Chair of Business Leadership

2020: A Time To Celebrate

Cox reached this landmark thanks to the thousands of challengers, game-changers, and achievers that have emboldened and activated the spirit of SMU Cox in their personal and professional lives. Their influence on the world of business education – big and small – got us to where we are today.

Throughout 2020, we will commemorate our 100th birthday in many different forms and venues. We will share stories about Cox World Changers –faculty, staff, contributors, civic leaders, policy shapers, students, alumni, parents and all related influencers within the Cox stratosphere. We invite everyone to share stories about our world changers. Tell us: who has blazed a trail? Challenged the status quo? Who is making a difference? We are always looking for the lesser known stories that are not in our peripheral vision. We want to hear from you!

Email your suggestion of a Cox100 World Changer to communications@smu.edu or click to nominate a world changer.

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"The smartphone app I created, Just Drive, is a perfect combination of my interests in human rights and marketing. It combines business with a philanthropic cause."

Neha Husein ’19
Founder of the Just Drive App


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SMU Cox In The Next Century.

Join us in our celebration! Nominate a Cox Outstanding Accelerator, post your SMU Cox memories on social media hashtag #cox100, let us know what you are up to!