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Cox lands another whale.

Postby TwoTimeGrad » Thu Apr 28, 2022 9:36 am

Anyone know what the check was worth?

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/phi ... on-to-smu/

Great to see focus on entrepreneurship and tech commercialization, sorely needed across campus.
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Re: Cox lands another whale.

Postby AfricanMustang » Thu Apr 28, 2022 10:48 am

TwoTimeGrad wrote:Anyone know what the check was worth?

https://www.dallasnews.com/business/phi ... on-to-smu/

Great to see focus on entrepreneurship and tech commercialization, sorely needed across campus.


Some clues...

Spears isn’t disclosing the amount, but SMU describes it as the largest gift from a non alumnus in its 111-year history.

According to the university, Spears’ joins some of its largest donors.

In 2019, SMU received a $100 million gift from the Galveston-based Moody Foundation to establish its eighth degree-granting school — the Moody School of Graduate and Advanced Studies. At the time, SMU president R. Gerald Turner described that as its largest donation ever and “a big bang moment.”

SMU also has gotten several $50 million donations in recent years, including a 2019 gift from private equity firm co-founder David Miller and his wife, Carolyn, and one earlier this year from investment firm owner Garry Weber’s foundation. Both Miller and Weber are SMU graduates.

SMU’s donor list also includes many other notable Dallas business leaders, including ClubCorp founder Robert Dedman Sr. and family, whose gifts to the school total $82 million, and oil magnate Ray Hunt and his wife, Nancy, who’ve given over $50 million to the university. It’s also received multiple donations in the $20 million to $40 million range.
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