Mangum Award

The Barbara and James Mangum Teaching Award is endowed by a million dollar donation from distinguished alum and private investor Charles Mangum. The endowment funds two teaching awards – one in Economics and the other in Accounting, the two disciplines that (according to him) offered the most challenging courses in his undergraduate curriculum at SMU. The award is intended to “promote and reward the art of teaching.” The award criteria is that the recipient be non-tenured and extraordinary at student involvement. The award itself is named after Charles’ parents Barbara and James Magnum, who live in New Orleans.

Charles Mangum graduated from SMU in 1986 with a B.A. in Economics and a B.B.A. in Finance. He earned an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago in 1990 and enjoyed a highly successful career in investment and portfolio management. Currently, he is a private investor and Chief Investment Officer for Baylon Capital Management (a private investment partnership based in Boston). He serves on the executive board of the Cox School of Business at SMU.

Past recipients

2023: Mike Sposi

2022: Rocio Madera

2021: Nate Pattison

2020: Beth Wheaton 

2019: Marcela Giraldo

2018: Helen Reynolds

2017: James Lake

2016: Danila Serra

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