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Community & Economic Impact Report

A Message from President R. Gerald Turner

To our community partners:

As we celebrate the 100th anniversaries of SMU's founding in 1911 and opening in 1915, it is fitting to reflect on our century of progress. But in keeping with the forward thinking of SMU's founders and current supporters, it's an opportune time for us to report on our partnership with Dallas – our hometown and continuing source of strength.

Dallas Skyline

Thanks to the strength and support of DFW, SMU at 100 is making unique contributions to the educational mix of our region.

"Great deeds are almost inevitably the achievement of many working together for common aims."
— Former Dallas Mayor J. Erik Jonsson

Toward this end, we commissioned an economic impact study and surveyed programs throughout the University. Although this report does not itemize all of our many programs with community impact, we hope that it provides a meaningful snapshot of our contributions – and the return on investment for Dallas – measured not only in financial terms but also in intellectual capital. Our ongoing goal is to give back to the region that supported SMU's founding and has nurtured the University in so many ways through the years. We hope you will see the breadth of SMU's commitment interwoven throughout our programs and progress.

Thanks to the strength and support of DFW, SMU at 100 is making unique contributions to the educational mix of our region. We are pleased to be advancing as a premier national university that provides students and the community with the opportunity to explore and learn in a distinctive collegiate setting. In this environment, we offer a balance of strong undergraduate education, distinguished graduate and professional programs, growing research, service learning, global outreach and unique resources, preparing students for real-world success and leadership. Innovative and creative, energetic and optimistic, impactful and forward-looking – all are words that describe SMU today and will guide its future. The same words apply to Dallas. So, the partnership continues.

R. Gerald Turner, President