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Oct. 8, 2004


DALLAS (SMU) -- Mark A. Nerio of San Antonio was elected secretary of the Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees at its meeting on September 10. The 43-member board includes academic, business, civic and church leaders from across the nation and abroad. The board sets policies governing the operation and direction of SMU, a private, comprehensive university with an enrollment of more than 11,000.

“My SMU education has helped me tremendously, and it is a great privilege to provide leadership to the institution,” said Nerio, who earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from SMU and a Master of Education degree from Harvard University. He has been a member of the SMU Board of Trustees since 1993.

Nerio is vice president of Citibank Service Center in San Antonio. He currently is treasurer and a board member of the San Antonio Public Library Foundation and previously served on the board of the San Antonio/Mexico Friendship Council and on the Marketing Advisory Committee of United Way of San Antonio. A lay leader in The United Methodist Church, Nerio serves on the boards of the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation and St. Paul School of Theology in Kansas City, Missouri. He is past chair of the Board of Higher Education and Diaconal Ministry for the church’s Rio Grande Conference, which encompasses Hispanic congregations throughout Texas and New Mexico. He is a member of University United Methodist Church in San Antonio.

“Mark Nerio brings valuable perspectives to the SMU board as a business, civic and church leader," said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “As secretary of the Board of Trustees, he will play an important role in our efforts to meet our educational goals and elevate the university’s standing among the nation’s premier private institutions.”

SMU offers undergraduate degree programs in Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, Cox School of Business, Meadows School of the Arts and the School of Engineering. Graduate and professional programs are offered in these schools and in Dedman School of Law and Perkins School of Theology. SMU alumni number about 98,000 worldwide.


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