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Jan. 31, 2003


DALLAS (SMU) -- Who better to advise SMU's career center about what employers want than some of Dallas' leading employers? Executives from six top businesses will join two campus leaders and an SMU student to form an advisory board for the Hegi Family Career Development Center.

Business executives on the board are Steve Lyle, director of staffing and sourcing for Texas Instruments; Carl Sewell, chairman of Sewell Automotive Companies; Michael Meadows, executive vice president of public affairs for Southwestern Medical Foundation; Marcus Malonson, vice president of J.P. Morgan Private Bank; Billie Forester, partner at Ernst and Young; and Ed Easterling, managing partner of Crestmont Strategies Inc.

The board will include Fred Hegi and Brian Hegi, of the Hegi family that gave $1 million to expand the career center. Kathleen Hughley-Cook, associate dean of Student Affairs; Paula Hill of SMU's Business Leadership Center; and Kevin Hofeditz, chair and professor of theater in Meadows School of the Arts, will represent SMU on the panel. The group also will include SMU student Byron Sanders. The board's first meeting will be Feb. 5.

"We want to find out from key stakeholders how we can improve our services," said Jerry Alexander, director of the center. "They will serve as a sounding board. But also, these decision makers will learn more about us, and we can take our message to the employer community. It will be tremendously beneficial."

Last September, SMU alumni Fred and Jan Hegi, their sons Peter and Brian, and Peter's wife, Amy, provided the lead gift of $1 million to expand the career center. The project expanded the center by 1,400 square feet, providing space for four additional interview rooms, more counseling space and a large conference room. The Hegis' gift jumpstarted the center's endowment, which calls for $3 million.