SMU Trustees in the News

SMU, here’s what your trustees have been up to recently:

Laura Bush entertained mothers of soldiers on Gold Star Mother’s Day. Bush also presented the first education initiative of the George W. Bush Institute.

Rev. Kirbyjon Caldwell will serve as an independent director for the new board of the newly merged United and Continental Airlines (Caldwell has been on the Continental Board since 1999).

The new Perot Museum of Nature and Science needs to raise $50 million more. Check the major donor list, and you’ll notice its riddled with SMU Trustee connections:

  • First off: the Perot children have donated $50 million (among that is Ross Perot Jr. and his wife Sarah)
  • $10 million from the Hunt Petroleum Corp. (We’ve a number of Hunt-related persons serving as trustees)
  • $10 million from the Hoglund Foundation (see SMU trustee Kelly H. Compton)
  • $5 million from Former Gov. and Former SMU trustee William P. Clements Jr.
  • $1 million from the Texas Instruments Foundation (see SMU trustee Richard K. Templeton‘s TI connections)
  • $300,000 from law firms Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld (see SMU trustee Alan D. Feld) and Haynes and Boone (see SMU trustee Michael M. Boone).

Faculty Senate President Linda Eads talked with The Dallas Morning News about Texas lawyers’  “sex with clients” rule.

R. Gerald Turner spoke at the dedication of the Strauss Square in the Dallas Arts District (Alan Peppard has more names of trustees who were at the dedication: Gene Jones and Caren Prothro). Turner also recently wrote about college athletic spending in his capacity as co-chair of the Knight Commission.

From the DMN’s Alan Peppard:

Former Flora Award winners Peggy and Carl Sewell are opening their home this month for a reception to announce that Ellen and John McStay will be the honorees at the Feb. 11 Flora Award gala. The annual presentation honors people who’ve shown an outstanding commitment to beautification, education and the advancement of the environment and quality of life.

Trustee Clark Hunt on his Kansas City Chiefs. Also, a bit of background on how Hunt has managed things differently than his dad did.

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About Meredith Shamburger

Meredith is a journalist working for the Longview News-Journal in Longview, Texas.
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