Message from the President

Dr. R. Gerald TurnerWelcome to the inaugural issue of the SMU Ignited campaign update, our quarterly report about our $1.5 billion multiyear campaign for impact.

We are excited by the broad enthusiasm you, our Mustang community, have shown for SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow since it launched in September. You celebrated the campaign kickoff with us on the Hilltop, proudly wore SMU Ignited hats and shirts at the Homecoming football game, attended events in cities in and outside of Texas and more. Many of you have also reached out to your SMU representatives to discuss how you would like to invest in the campaign. We are thrilled to see you as passionate about this new chapter in SMU’s history as we are.

As the campaign moves forward, we are eager to share the progress of SMU Ignited. This quarterly newsletter will outline the impact you and your fellow SMU supporters are having on the University, both on and off the Hilltop. SMU invites Mustangs to be involved at every level of the campaign; please reach out to us to find out how you can be a part of shaping our future through SMU Ignited.

This historic campaign would not be possible without the tireless work of our volunteer leaders, whose pictures you will see in the following pages. I am deeply grateful for their steadfast dedication and advocacy on the University’s behalf.

Gail and I hope to see you at one or more of the upcoming events. Pony Up!