Leading bold change

Dallas’ continued strength and growth depend on founding and strengthening vital institutions that create opportunities for personal and professional enrichment, community outreach and enhanced quality of life. Since its creation more than a century ago, SMU has become a central figure in our city’s development, representing bold change, groundbreaking innovation and advancements in learning.

SMU is exemplary within the realm of higher education, combining the focus and drive of a private institution with impactful faculty research, meaningful community outreach and extensive academic programs for students at every stage of their educational journeys.

With a bold vision for the future and dedication to meaningful positive impact, SMU’s past campaigns drew significant investments and dedicated commitments from Mustangs around the globe. Alumni, families and friends of the Hilltop continue to inspire greatness by banding together to meet the needs of current and future generations of students, faculty and the broader community.

As representatives of SMU’s Board of Trustees, we are proud to endorse this bold campaign and enthusiastic about what it will mean for the Hilltop, Dallas and beyond. Throughout this website, you will read about SMU’s inspiring vision for its future. We invite you to join this drive and to create your own SMU legacy through SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow.



Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67
Kelly Hoglund Compton ’79
Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84
Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69, Convening Co-Chair
Ray L. Hunt ’65
David B. Miller ’72, ’73
Caren H. Prothro
Carl Sewell ’66
Richard K. Templeton *
R. Gerald Turner, President, Ex Officio
Brad E. Cheves, Vice President for Development and External Affairs

* not pictured