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Sept. 13, 2002


DALLAS (SMU) -- Six new members have been appointed to the Executive Board for the Southern Methodist University School of Engineering. Board members work with Dean Stephen Szygenda and his leadership team to promote interaction between the school and area industry and to implement new programs in the school, including its new executive master's degrees in engineering, its new Industry Scholars and Research Scholars programs and its new Gender Parity Initiative.

New board members are:

Darwin Bruce, president and CEO of EPI Tech in Plano. Bruce is a 1995 graduate of SMU's Dedman School of Law.

Judge David Godbey, recent appointee to the U.S. Federal District Court. Godbey is a 1978 graduate of the SMU School of Engineering.

Linda Jennett, president of Environmental Partners Inc., an engineering firm that specializes in environmental management systems for corporations. Jennett received a bachelor's degree in chemistry from SMU in 1962. Her husband, J. Charles Jennett, is president emeritus of Texas A&M International University.

Tom Klein, senior vice president of SABRE Inc. and president of the company's Airline Solutions business unit, an industry leader in airline software solutions, reservations hosting and consulting.

Michael Pegues, an attorney with Munsch, Hardt, Kopf & Harr in Dallas. Pegues is a 1984 graduate of the SMU School of Engineering.

Jerry Ragsdale, a partner with Land Advisors in Addison. Ragsdale is a 1970 graduate of the SMU School of Engineering.

Chairman of the board is G. Mark Cullum, president of Cullum Construction Co. and a 1970 graduate of the School of Engineering. Vice chairs are Richard H. Brown, chairman and CEO of EDS, and community leader Karen Shuford, a 1970 graduate of the School of Engineering.