Friday, February 22, 2013

Simmons' Gift to SMU Will Fund New Building

SMU announced yesterday that Harold C. and Annette Caldwell Simmons have committed a gift of $25 million to the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. Their donation will fund a new building for the expanding programs of the school and support three new endowed academic positions. The new facility will be named Harold Clark Simmons Hall, in honor of Mr. Simmons, at Mrs. Simmons’ request.
Thursday's gift announcement was celebrated with the ringing of school bells. (l. to r.) David Chard, dean of the Simmons School; Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons; Caren Prothro, chair of the SMU Board of Trustees; and R. Gerald Turner, president of SMU.
"We are truly fortunate to count the Simmons as partners in our academic mission and greatly value their leadership and generosity,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “They have established an enduring legacy of service and generosity benefitting SMU and show great foresight by supporting education. Since its creation less than a decade ago, the Simmons School has made significant and rapid contributions addressing the challenges facing schools and educators.”

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