SMU mourns the death of Vice President for Student Affairs

A memorial fund has been established for Pamela D. Anthony, SMU vice president for student affairs, who died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017.

DALLAS (SMU) — Pamela D. Anthony, SMU vice president for student affairs, died Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2017, surrounded by family members, friends and colleagues in Dallas after a battle with cancer.

Remembering Pamela D. Anthony

In honor of Dr. Anthony, memorial gifts may be made to the
Student Affairs Development Fund.

Please mail checks made payable to SMU to:

SMU Student Affairs Development Fund
PO Box 750471
Dallas, TX  75275-0471

Gifts may also be made online at


Student Affairs Development Fund:

This fund is used at the discretion of the Vice President for
Student Affairs to provide financial assistance
for students in crisis, programmatic student initiatives,
and other Divisional priority funding opportunities.


A memorial service was held Feb. 1, 2017, in SMU's McFarlin Auditorium. 

“Dr. Anthony was a leader in the field of student affairs who devoted her career to students’ well-being and academic and personal growth,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “At SMU, she served as a mentor to many while focusing on students’ campus life and educational experiences, including in the areas of health and wellness, multicultural affairs and residential life. We grieve this profound loss of a friend and colleague, and we offer our condolences and prayers to Dr. Anthony’s family and loved ones.”

Dr. Anthony became vice president for student affairs at SMU on February 1, 2016. She oversaw areas including the Office of the Dean of Student Life; Residence Life; women’s, LGBT, multicultural, volunteer and leadership programs; student activities; student conduct; campus ministries; health and wellness programs; career services; the Hughes-Trigg Student Center and the Dedman Center for Lifetime Sports. In fall 2016 she led the dedication and opening of the Dr. Bob Smith Health Center.

In a May interview, Dr. Anthony said, “When I think about this work, I feel very called to work with students, to develop students and to make sure that they’re having a good experience in college.”

Pamela AnthonyBefore coming to SMU, Dr. Anthony served as dean of students from 2012-16 at Iowa State University, where she was responsible for supervising programs and services including academic support, judicial affairs, fraternity and sorority life, and parent and family involvement, among others.

She began her career in student life and development at the University of Alaska-Fairbanks, where she served as area coordinator of residence life from 1996-98 and coordinator of multicultural affairs from 1997-2000. She was director of student activities at Spelman College from 2000-03. At Georgia State University, she served as assistant dean and director of student life and leadership from 2003-09 and as assistant dean of students from 2009-12.

Dr. Anthony received her B.S. degree in speech pathology from James Madison University in Harrisonburg, Virginia. She earned a Master of Education degree focusing on student personnel in higher education from the University of Georgia-Athens and a Ph.D. in educational policy studies from Georgia State University in Atlanta.

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