Driving innovation

William S. Spears strengthens entrepreneurial leadership in
Dallas and beyond

Celebrated energy expert and philanthropist William S. Spears has made the largest gift by a non-alumnus in the history of SMU, a commitment that will establish the William S. Spears Institute for Entrepreneurial Leadership in the SMU Cox School of Business. One of the largest gifts in the history of SMU, Spears’ investment will encourage business creation, leadership development and economic growth, strengthening areas that are critical to the future of the Dallas business economy.

“William Spears is renowned throughout the energy industry. His knowledge and dedication have led to innovations throughout the country,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “We are honored that he leveraged his ingenuity and purpose to champion our University’s faculty and students, bolstering the future of industry and discovery in Dallas.”