September 17, 2003

Nominations Open For SMU Board Of Trustees

DALLAS (SMU) -- The SMU Board of Trustees is seeking nominations for candidates for 26 at-large trustees. The four-year terms of office will begin in July 2004 when the South Central Jurisdiction of the United Methodist Church elects trustees at its quadrennial meeting. The criteria for selection are:

  • Reputation for morality and ethical behavior;
  • Reputation for professional, business or public service leadership as reflected in level of success, honors and awards;
  • Reputation for social responsibility as reflected in leadership in civic organizations and community service;
  • Ability and willingness to provide financial support to the University as generously as possible, or to attract significant financial support from other individuals, corporations and foundations;
  • Ability and willingness to fulfill other responsibilities of a trustee, including attendance at board meetings, service on board committees and executive boards, and service on special projects beneficial to the University;
  • Appreciation and support of the historic relationship between the University and The United Methodist Church;
  • Personal stature in his or her community and business or profession that will promote the most favorable image of the University in the region and nation, and assist in attracting other distinguished persons to the board.

Any nominee should possess at least some capability in each of these areas. The ideal nominee would possess great strength with respect to all enumerated characteristics.

Nominations must be received by Nov. 30, 2003. Those interested in making a nomination should send a letter and the candidate's resume demonstrating the desired qualifications to: S. Leon Bennett, corporate secretary, Southern Methodist University, SMU Box 132, Dallas, Texas 75275. For more information, call Mary Anne Rogers, assistant secretary, at 214-768-1206.