The original Faculty Club was founded in 1921 as a social club for male faculty members at Southern Methodist University. In 1928, a Women's Faculty Club followed suit. The men's club allowed only faculty members while the women's allowed both faculty and professional staff members. The two clubs operated individually until their merger in 1963. The original clubs both met in Atkins (now Clements) Hall, until such time that the men's Faculty Club moved to meeting rooms on the second level of McFarlin Auditorium. (Current day second level ballet practice studio.)
In their new home, male members enjoyed playing
pool and a number of table games including Canasta and Bridge. According to past president Frank Young (faculty 1945-1989),
listening to the symphony practice in McFarlin was another
favorite pastime for members.
The Faculty Club continued to develop with the university throughout time and history. Past president Charles H. Baker recalls that a club meeting was in session on the day President John F. Kennedy was shot in November 1963.
In November 1972 President Paul Hardin was inaugurated as sixth President of SMU. At the same time Ruth Morgan held the position of Faculty Senate President. One of Morgan’s main projects during her year in office was to negotiate a building for a
Faculty Club. In 1973 Provost McFarland provided a sorority house on Daniel Street for the purpose of a gathering place for SMU Faculty.
The SMU Faculty Club was chartered on August
6, 1973 at its current location of 3034 Daniel Street. Governed
by a Board of Directors the Faculty Club was created to enhance
university experience for faculty members through quality
programs and services.
Since 1973 the Faculty Club has seen numerous
changes in service and leadership from full luncheon service
on site to the passing of leadership to over 20 presidents.
Some of the Faculty Club’s past presidents include:
- Dr. H. Charles Baker, P.E. 1968-196?
(Prior to the actual Faculty Club property)
- Curtis W. McIntyre, 1976-77
- Montie Monzingo, 1980's
- Andrew H. Chen, 1991-1992
- Zoe Urbanek, 1994-1998
- Edward Forest, 2001-2002
- Marion Sobol, 2002-2004
- Marc Valerin, 2004- 2009
- Tony Pederson, 2009-present