Southern Methodist University Receives $25 Million Gift From Simmons Family

Southern Methodist University in Dallas has announced a $25 million gift from longtime donors Harold and Annette Simmons in support of its School of Education and Human Development.

The gift will support construction of a new building, Harold Clark Simmons Hall, for the school's expanded program offerings as well as three new endowed faculty positions.

Since 2007, when the couple gave the university $20 million to establish an endowment and provide funding for a new building, Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, the school has increased in size and scope, expanding from one department and several programs to five departments offering eight graduate degree programs and one undergraduate degree program, and from thirteen full-time faculty members and forty-two staff members to sixty-two full-time faculty members and a hundred and twelve full-time staff members. Over the same period, research funding for the school increased to $18 million, enabling it to host research conferences, provide continuing education to teachers in North Texas, and offer community outreach programs to students, among other things.

"Since our first gift to the school in 2007, we have been pleased to see the rapid progress the school has made in developing programs aimed at addressing the greatest challenges in our nation's schools," said Harold Simmons. "Our investment has resulted in the formation of innovative programs for education and human development, the hiring of outstanding faculty leading research that makes a difference, and growing outreach to communities with solutions that work. This progress is worthy of continued investment, which we are pleased to lead."

"SMU Announces $25 Million Gift From Harold and Annette Simmons." Southern Methodist University Press Release 02/21/2013.