SMU celebrated the future of the Cox School of Business and its role as a driver of Dallas innovation — breaking ground in May on a $140 million renovation and expansion project designed to train students for a collaborative and technologically integrated world.
“Our improved facilities will nurture an environment that will lead to a richer learning experience and a lifetime of connections. This really marks a new era for the Cox School.”Cox School Dean Matthew B. Myers
The two-year project will expand the School’s footprint by more than 30%, with the construction of four new buildings connecting the existing facilities into cohesive space that supports collaboration within the Cox School and across the campus, as well as with the Dallas business community.
“This project will add to the Cox School’s stellar national reputation and will enable it to continue attracting outstanding students, faculty and industry partners,” says SMU President R. Gerald Turner. “Since 75% of our Cox School graduates stay in Texas, this ambitious project is a commitment to SMU’s role as a talent magnet for the state and the North Texas region.”
Turner announced that the Cox School’s renovated and expanded facilities will be called the David B. Miller Business Quadrangle, honoring Miller for his decades- long financial support and leadership of the Cox School. A former Mustang basketball standout, Miller, BBA ’72, MBA ’73, and his wife, Carolyn, along with The David B. Miller Family Foundation, made a $50 million commitment to SMU in October 2019 — half of which was earmarked for the Cox School project. That historic commitment, the largest alumni gift in the history of the University, is a dramatic punctuation to the relationship that began when Miller arrived at SMU in 1968 on an athletic scholarship.
As part of the University’s multiyear fundraising campaign, SMU Ignited: Boldly Shaping Tomorrow, more than 50 generous donors have already invested more than $100 million toward new and enhanced facilities at Cox, including new principal gifts:
- $5 million from Fritz Duda and Mary Lee Duda and The Fritz and Mary Lee Duda Foundation
- $2 million from Susan Smith Cooper, BBA ’62
- $1 million from Harlan R. Crow and Katherine Raymond Crow, BBA ’94
- $1 million from Jennifer Tucker Clyde, BBA ’85, and R. Andrew Clyde, BBA ’85, and Murphy USA
“We are re-tooling the Cox School to create a more collaborative environment — to give students and faculty easier access to collaborate, to gather and share ideas and gain inspiration from one another,” says Cox School Dean Matthew B. Myers. “We will offer students more opportunity to obtain their business education in a ‘9 to 9’ environment, meaning they’ll come to classes, stay for lunch or dinner, work together with other students and their professors and remain connected with and at Cox all day long. In short, our improved facilities will nurture an environment that will lead to a richer learning experience and a lifetime of connections. This really marks a new era for the Cox School.”
Find more information on the renovation and expansion plans, including a virtual tour of the future David B. Miller Business Quadrangle, here.
With the renovation and expansion project underway at the Cox School, the work that usually takes place in the Fincher, Crow and Maguire buildings will be taking place in other SMU locations for the next two years. Check out where everyone will be relocated during construction.