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The Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead is the most successful fund-raising effort in the University’s history with the largest goal ever sought by an institution in North Texas. SMU publicly launched the campaign April 18, 1997. As of July 31, 2001, SMU had received more than $485 million in gifts and pledges.

Although commitments to the campaign exceed the $400 million goal, the five-year campaign continues its momentum to address remaining University priorities. These include funding for furnishings and equipment for Dedman Life Sciences Building, which will be dedicated in December, and Jerry R. Junkins Electrical Engineering Building, for which construction is under way. SMU also must complete funding for Laura Lee Blanton Student Services Building, for which a groundbreaking ceremony will be held in February 2002; the James M. Collins Executive Education Center in the Edwin L. Cox School of Business; and an expanded and renovated Career Center, serving the entire University.

Under the leadership of Campaign co-chairs Ruth Altshuler (‘48), Robert H. Dedman (‘53), W.R. Howell, Ray L. Hunt (‘65), and Caren Prothro, the campaign has changed the face of the campus. Completed capital projects include the new Fondren Library Center and Meadows Museum; Gerald J. Ford Stadium and Paul B. Loyd, Jr. All-Sports Center, which includes the Ken and Ruth Altshuler Learning Enhancement Center; and the renovation of Perkins Chapel.

“We celebrate the academic enhancements and the additions to the campus resulting from campaign commitments,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “However, we also remain focused on reaching all of the campaign’s goals. Surpassing the $400 million goal is remarkable, but for the campaign to be a true success, we must complete capital projects; seek additional funding for scholarships, faculty, and academic resources; and continue to attract greater numbers of alumni donors.”

More than 40,000 donors have supported the Campaign for SMU through annual, capital, endowment, and planned gifts. As of July 31, 2001, campaign commitments have resulted in 63 new endowments for academic programs, 123 new student scholarships and awards, 23 new campus life initiatives, 14 new academic positions, and 13 new and/or renovated facilities.

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