SMU COX Dean Matt B. Myers Rings NYSE Closing BellĀ®

Nearly 100 Year Old Business School Marks 40 Years as the Cox School.

Dallas (SMU) — Matt Myers, dean of the SMU Cox School of Business, rang The Closing Bell® from the podium of the New York Stock Exchange on Monday, Jan. 8, at 4 p.m. Eastern Time. Myers traveled to New York with a delegation of SMU Board of Trustees, Cox Executive Board members, alumni and staff.

“It’s a privilege to ring The Closing Bell at the New York Stock Exchange, especially at the start of a new year, with high hopes for more record-breaking growth,” said Myers. “As one of the nation’s leading business schools, we take pride in helping shape tomorrow’s business leaders, thus contributing to the success of the U.S. and the global economy.”

Among the podium contingent were SMU Board of Trustees Chair Michael Boone (BBA ’63, JD ’67); his wife, philanthropist Marla Boone; SMU Vice President for Development and External Affairs Brad Cheves; SMU Board of Trustees and Cox Executive board member Gerald Alley (MBA ’75), president and CEO of Con-Real, LP; SMU Board of Trustees member and Cox Executive Board member Tucker Bridwell (BBA ’73, MBA ’74); SMU Board of Trustees member and Cox Executive Board member David Miller (BBA ’72, MBA ’73), EnCap Investments, Founder and Managing Partner. SMU Cox Executive Board member and alumnus Peter Dameris (BBA ’82), CEO of On Assignment (NYSE: ASGN), helped arrange the event and was part of the podium group, as were two active duty military SMU Cox alumni: Justin Bokmeyer (MBA ’16), Captain in the U.S. Army and Noël Koenig (MBA ’15), Lt. Commander in the U.S. Navy.

Steve Booth (BA and BBA ’82), CEO of R.W. Baird; Kyle Miller (BBA ’01), president and CEO of Silver Hill Energy Partners; Cox Executive Board member Kirk Rimer (MBA ’89), Cox Executive Board member and co-head and principal of Crow Holdings Capital Investment Partners, and Justin (BA ’08) and John Cox (BBA ’11), both partners in Cox Partners, Inc. rounded out the podium party when Dean Myers rang the bell.

The bell ringing commemorates the 40th year since the Cox School was named for benefactor Edwin L. Cox. In addition to Cox’s grandchildren John and Justin, their parents, Berry (’77) and SMU Board of Trustees member Jeanne Tower Cox (BBA ’78), and Justin’s wife, Molly (BA ’08), were on the floor of the exchange with 30 other SMU Cox supporters. 

The Cox school was originally established at SMU as the Department of Commerce in 1920. This visit marks the first time the Cox School has traveled to the NYSE to ring The Closing Bell. The school participated remotely from campus in a long distance NYSE bell ringing in April, 2011.  


Dean Myers interviewed by CNBC after Closing Bell®

About SMU Cox

The SMU Cox School of Business (, was originally established in 1920 on the campus of Southern Methodist University in Dallas, Texas, and was named in honor of benefactor Edwin L. Cox in 1978.

SMU Cox is a nationally and internationally ranked business school with undergraduate (BBA) majors in accounting, finance, financial consulting, general business, management, marketing, real estate finance and concentrations in energy management, entrepreneurship, real estate finance and risk management and insurance. The Cox School offers four Master of Business Administration programs including the Executive MBA (EMBA) and Full-Time MBA, Fast Track MBA, and Professional MBA (PMBA), with concentrations in accounting, finance, general business, information technology and operations management, management, marketing, real estate and strategy and entrepreneurship.

The school also offers the JD/MBA with Dedman School of Law; MA/MBA with Meadows School of the Arts; Specialized Master of Science (MS) programs in Accounting, Business Analytics (Full and Part-Time), Finance, and Management; Sport Management and Health Promotion Management with Simmons School of Education and Human Development; and Engineering/MBA and MS in Engineering Entrepreneurship with the Lyle School of Engineering. For professionals not seeking a degree, SMU Cox Executive Education and multiple certificate programs cover a broad range of disciplines. The Cox School of Business maintains an active alumni network globally.


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