SMU elects new members to Board of Trustees

New members have been elected to SMU’s Board of Trustees.

Dallas Hall at SMU

Dallas Hall at Southern Methodist UniversityDALLAS (SMU) – Seven new members were elected to SMU’s Board of Trustees in July during the quadrennial meeting of the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church. They will begin their four-year terms at the Sept. 15-16, 2016, meeting of the Board of Trustees, along with 31 trustees re-elected to four-year terms.

The following are newly elected to the SMU Board of Trustees:

  • Gerald B. Alley ’75, president and CEO of Con-Real, Arlington, Texas
  • Tucker S. Bridwell ’73, ’74, president of Mansefeldt Investment Company, Abilene, Texas
  • Juan González, president and chairman of the board of Gruma Corporation, Mexico City/Irving, Texas
  • Bishop Cynthia Fierro Harvey ’99, bishop of the Louisiana Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church, Baton Rouge, Louisiana
  • David S. Huntley ’80, senior executive vice president and chief compliance officer of AT&T Inc., Dallas
  • Frances A. Moody-Dahlberg ’92, chairman and executive director of the Moody Foundation, Dallas
  • The Reverend Paul Rasmussen ’04, senior minister of Highland Park United Methodist Church, Dallas

In addition, Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67 was re-elected as chair, David B. Miller ’72, ’73 was elected as vice-chair, and Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84 was elected as secretary. Officers are elected for one-year terms and are eligible for re-election up to four consecutive terms in any respective office. New ex officio members named to the board are Jeanne Stevenson-Moessner, president of the SMU Faculty Senate, and SMU 2011 alumnus and current SMU law student Stephen Jake Torres, student representative, both of whom will serve one-year terms.

“I am honored to be re-elected as chair of the SMU Board of Trustees,” says Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67. “As SMU begins its second century as a vibrant university in the heart of the thriving city of Dallas, the board is poised to continue to guide SMU to become one of the nation's finest educational institutions in academic quality, research, student development and community impact.”

Completing their Board of Trustees terms are Bradley W. Brookshire ’76, The Reverend Mark Craig, Larry R. Faulkner ’66, James R. Gibbs ’66, ’70, ’72, Gene C. Jones, and Frederick S. Leach ’83. Jacob Conway ’16 and Doug Reinelt concluded their ex officio terms as student representative and president of the SMU Faculty Senate, respectively.

“I am grateful to the members of the SMU Board of Trustees for the important wisdom and insight they bring to the University,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “My special appreciation goes to the eight board members who have completed their terms during such a pivotal and progressive time in the University’s history. I am also grateful to the new and current board members who are taking the charge forward as SMU enters its next century.”

Returning Board of Trustee members include Ruth Collins Sharp Altshuler ’48, William D. Armstrong ’82, Michael M. Boone ’63, ’67, Laura Welch Bush ’68, Pastor Richie L. Butler ’93, Kelly Hoglund Compton ’79, Jeanne Tower Cox ’78, Katherine Raymond Crow ’94, Gary T. Crum ’69, Robert H. Dedman, Jr. ’80, ’84, Antoine L. V. Dijkstra, Gerald J. Ford ’66, ’69, Antonio O. Garza, Jr. ’83, Frederick B. Hegi, Jr. ’66, Clark K. Hunt ’87, Ray L. Hunt ’65,  Bishop Scott J. Jones ’81, ’92, Paul B. Loyd, Jr. ’68, Bobby B. Lyle ’67, Bishop Michael McKee ’78, Scott J. McLean ’78, David B. Miller ’72, ’73, Connie Blass O'Neill ’77, The Reverend Dr. Sheron Covington Patterson ’83, ’89, ’96, Sarah Fullinwider Perot ’83, Jeanne L. Phillips ’76, Caren H. Prothro, Carl Sewell ’66, Richard K. Templeton, Richard Ware ’68, Royce E. (Ed) Wilson, Sr. Continuing ex officio members are R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU, and Peter A. Lodwick ’77, ’80, chair of the SMU Alumni Board.

SMU also benefits from the continuing interest and perspectives of former board members including trustees emeriti Edwin L. Cox ’42, Milledge A. Hart, III, William L. Hutchison ’54 and Cary M. Maguire.

The 42-member board sets policies governing the operation of SMU, a nationally ranked private university in Dallas. SMU enrolls more than 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.


SMU is a nationally ranked private university in Dallas founded 100 years ago. Today, SMU enrolls more than 11,000 students who benefit from the academic opportunities and international reach of seven degree-granting schools.