May 14, 2008
DALLAS (SMU) — William B. Stallcup, who served as SMU president ad interim during a crucial period in the University's history, was honored with the Trustee Distinguished Service Award at the SMU Board of Trustees' meeting on May 9.
William B. Stallcup Jr.
Stallcup's dedication to teaching, students and research repeatedly drew him back to the classroom despite numerous calls for his service as an administrator. In the Office of the Provost, he served two terms as associate provost and also served as provost ad interim and acting provost. His other administrative appointments included associate dean of Dedman College and special assistant to the president.
In fall 1986, when SMU's football program received the NCAA "death penalty" the Board of Trustees called upon Stallcup to serve as president ad interim. He helped to guide athletics reforms and a complete restructuring of SMU's governance system. In its resolution honoring him with the Distinguished Service Award, the board commended "the strength of his integrity and earned respect" and stated that "his conduct of the University's affairs during this troubled period restored the confidence of the faculty, students, staff and alumni in the administrative leadership of the University."
After serving as president ad interim from November 1986 to August 1987, Stallcup returned to teaching until his retirement in 1989. He then served as resident director of SMU-in-Taos from 1990-92. He was honored in 2002 as a recipient of SMU's Distinguished Alumni Award.
Stallcup received his B.S. degree in biology from SMU and, after serving in the U.S. Army Air Corps during World War II, joined the SMU Biology Department in 1945. Except for time spent at the University of Kansas to earn his Ph.D., he devoted his entire career to SMU.
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