SMU Trustees in the News

Monday means it’s time for another installment of “SMU Trustees in the News,” our look at what the Board of Trustees is doing when they’re not at SMU.

Caren Prothro spoke to the Dallas Morning News about the AT&T Performing Arts Center (note also that the PAC received legal services from Haynes & Boone, LLP–Michael M. Boone is an SMU Trustee)

Sarah Perot is a 2011 TACA Silver Cup recipient. The award is for outstanding contributions to the Dallas art community.

Ray L. Hunt gave the keynote address at the North Dallas Chamber of Commerce’s annual meeting (also note SMU BoT connections in the major sponsors).

Speaking at the Bakersfield Business Conference, Laura Bush said she’s enjoying “living what I call the after life in a state George calls the promised land.” Bush also visited Pasadena to raise money to fight HIV/AIDS in Africa.

Don Carty spoke to Frontburner (D Magazine) about Virgin America’s new Dallas flights. He told them Virgin accelerated the schedule by a year. Why?

“D/FW will be a friendly landlord,” he explained, and “Texas is not a bad place to be” given tougher economic conditions elsewhere.

Linda Pitts Custard was at the scene of the official signing of the partnership between the Meadows Museum and the Prado Museum in Madrid, Spain.

Faculty Senate, along with President Linda Eads, voted to approve changes to the SMU athletics admission policy. SMU President R. Gerald Turner then approved the changes.

Gene Jones and her family donated $1 million to the first North Texas Youth Education Town, which is “a community outreach center that will provide educational and support services to needy and at-risk children.”

The National Football League matched the donation with a $1 million grant, officials said.

Gene Jones said NFL Youth Education Town will have a lasting positive influence on the North Texas community.

“This will be a significant legacy,” she said, “and we jumped at the chance to make a contribution.”

Looks like Clark K. Hunt‘s Kansas City Chiefs are doing well. Hunt is “very excited.”

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About Meredith Shamburger

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