R. Gerald Turner
Since becoming president of Southern Methodist University in 1995, R. Gerald Turner has developed a long-term strategic plan, campus master plan, and the largest major gifts campaign in the history of SMU. Ending in May 2002, The Campaign for SMU: A Time to Lead exceeded its $400 million goal, generating more than $542 million in gifts and pledges. The five-year campaign has raised funds for 80 academic endowments, 171 new scholarships, 16 endowed faculty chairs and professorships, 28 student life initiatives, and full or partial funding for 14 new or renovated facilities and a new campus, SMU-in-Plano, in Plano, Texas.
Beyond the campus, Gerald Turner serves on the boards of the United Way of Dallas, the Methodist Hospital Foundation, the Salvation Army of Dallas, and three publicly traded companies.
A native of Texas, Gerald Turner earned a B.S. degree in psychology from Abilene Christian University and M.A. and Ph.D. degrees in psychology from the University of Texas at Austin. He and his wife, Gail, a native of Graham, Texas, have two daughters. Angela is a professional opera singer; Jessica, an SMU alumna, is a professional actress.