Parent giving

SMU’s vibrant community and innovative programs position students for limitless opportunities. A deep seeded tradition of philanthropy makes this possible. The generous, annual support of SMU parents makes an immediate impact in the lives of students and helps bridge the 30% gap between the true cost of an SMU education and the price of tuition.

In fiscal year 2020, more than 1,100 parents made at least one gift to SMU that totaled nearly $3.5 million. Of those gifts, members of the Parent Leadership Council contributed nearly $300,000 in matching gift support to encourage others to give as well. 

Geoffrey Small ’86 and family

“When I give to SMU, I am helping to have an immediate impact on current students’ education and experience as well as helping to support SMU’s success in the future,” said Geoffrey Small ’86 who co-chairs the Parent Leadership Council with his wife Nicole.

They are parents to Karna ’20, Kelley ’22 and Lauren ’22 and make giving each year to SMU a priority.

SMU parents provide vital funding that enhances the experience of all students.

Since tuition only covers about three-quarters of an SMU education, our students rely on the generosity of alumni, parents and friends who make current-use contributions. These current-use gifts provide annual support for academic programs, student experiences, and faculty members who shape a new generation of world changers.

  • Prior-level benefits and an invitation to an exclusive opportunity to interact with SMU leadership
  • Tate Circle Recognition in SMU’s President’s Associates Society*
  • Prior-level benefits and four reserved seats for SMU Commencement during your student’s senior year
  • Lee Circle Recognition in SMU’s President’s Associates Society *
  • Prior-level benefits and two reserved seats for SMU Commencement during your student’s senior year
  • Selecman Circle Recognition in SMU’s President’s Associates Society *
  • Prior-level benefits and opportunity to hear from SMU Leadership
  • Hyer Circle Recognition in SMU’s President’s Associates Society *

PLC Members

Mr. Scott L. Adair

Mrs. Jody Adair

Mr. Rodney W. Adams

Mrs. Molly P. Adams

Mr. Christopher J. Ahearn

Mr. Lawson C. Allen

Mrs. Mary Lauren Allen

Mrs. Katherine H. Arcidiacono ’83

Mr. James C. Arcidiacono ’83

Mrs. Katie J. Bayne

Mr. Samuel G. Bayne, II

Mrs. Anne R. Beard

Mr. Richardson Beard

Mr. William C. Boyce

Mrs. Joyce S. Boyce

Mr. Dave A. Bradley

Mrs. Betsy H. Bradley

Mr. Jack Butler

Mrs. Erin M. Crocker

Mr. Patrick J. Crocker

Mrs. Ann Coleman Fielder ’89

Mr. Darwin L. Fielder, III ’12

Mrs. Deanna L. Glenn

Mr. Dale A. Glenn

Mr. W. Grant Gregory, Jr.

Mrs. Kim L. Gregory

Ms. Leigh H. Hay

Mr. John A. Hay

Ms. Jane V. Henderson

Ms. Greta Huizenga

N. Bruce Jenevein, Sr., M.D.

Mrs. Debbie McManus Jenevein

Ms. Michelle Juden

Mr. Alexander C. Juden

Mr. George M. Masterson

Mrs. Catherine C. Masterson

Ms. Marla J. Mayer

Mrs. Terry Modoff

Mr. Brian T. Modoff

Mrs. Joane Henneberger Pickett ’83

Mr. Wiley M. Pickett

Ms. Mary Virginia C. Reid ’89

Mr. Geoffrey R. Small ’86

Mrs. Nicole L. Small

Mrs. Kella Smith

Mrs. Jenifer F. Smyth

Mr. John E. Smyth

Mr. John M. VanderLinden

Mr. Nick A. Vlahos

Mrs. Angela G. Vlahos