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The list of Southern Methodist University people includes alumni, faculty, and former students of Southern Methodist University.


Notable alumni or attendees


Government, politics, society

U.S. Congress

Name Graduation Year Occupation
John W. Bryant U.S. House of Representatives, 1983-97
Jim Chapman U.S. House of Representatives, 1985-97
James M. Collins U.S. House of Representatives
John Culberson U.S. House of Representatives
Bob Franks U.S. House of Representatives from New Jersey
Ralph Hall U.S. House of Representatives
Eddie Bernice Johnson U.S. House of Representatives
Sam Johnson U.S. House of Representatives
Robert Krueger U.S. Senator
Dennis Moore U. S. House of Representative from Kansas
Lamar S. Smith U.S. House of Representatives
John Tower U.S. Senator

U.S. Ambassadors

Others in Politics


Fiske Guide to Colleges commends the Cox School’s strong ties with the Dallas business community, claiming, “SMU is all but the official alma mater of the Dallas business and professional elite.”[1]

List of Alumni


SMU Dedman School of Law Overview Alumni around the world have distinguished themselves in a wide variety of ways over the years since 1928 and have truly shown a role as leaders.

SMU alumni have served as prominent members of the judiciary. They include, both in the U.S. and abroad, three justices of the Supreme Court of Japan, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Indonesia, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the Philippines, and several justices on the highest courts of Egypt, Brazil, and Columbia. Recently, five of our alumni were justices of the Supreme Court of Texas and another was Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of Missouri. Currently nine of our alumni serve on federal courts in addition to over 100 judges on various other courts in California, Colorado, Florida, Georgia, Missouri, Montana, Ohio, Oklahoma, and Texas, which includes the Presiding Judge for the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the Chief Judge for the Oklahoma State Court of Civil Appeals.[4]

Dedman School of Law alumni have held high government positions here and abroad including Counsel to the President, Assistant Secretary of Education, Ambassador to Mexico, and Ambassador to Sweden. Eight of our alumni have served as U.S. Congressmen, five of which served at the same time. Our alumni also have included the Chief of Staff for the Republic of Korea; the President of the Senate of Thailand; the Argentine Ambassador to the U.S.; the Ministers of Justice for the Republic of Korea, Argentina, and Nepal; the Minister of Foreign Affairs for Georgia, Chief Minister of the Karnataka Legislative Assembly in India; Minister of the Environment and Energy of Costa Rica; a Member of the Parliament of Kuwait; and managing partners of some of the largest law firms in Brazil and Argentina. In addition the Dallas County Judge and Dallas County District Attorney are graduates of the Law School.[4]

Many SMU Law graduates became CEOs and presidents of numerous businesses, most recently including: 7-Eleven, Allegiance Title Company, Austin Industries, Building Materials Holding Corp, Cathay Life Insurance, ClubCorp, Computrac Inc., The Hart Group, Hexter-Fair Title Company, Kroger, First Acceptance Corporation, Mosbacher Energy Company, Omni Hotels, Optisoft, Saxon Publishing Company, Softbrands Inc., State Farm Insurance Companies, Tupperware Corp., TRT Holdings Inc, TXU, WellPoint, and World-Wide Shipping. One alumni was also the Vice Chairman of Compaq Computer Corporation.[4]

Even more graduates have moved on to become General Counsels for many businesses, most recently including: 7-Eleven, Arizona State University, Belo Corp, Blue Cross & Blue Shield of Texas, Brinker International, Commercial Metals, Dallas Mavericks, Dr. Pepper/7-Up, FedEx Kinkos, The Federal Reserve Bank of Dallas, Fossil, First Horizon National Corp, Hunt Oil, Neiman Marcus Group, Frito-Lay, Sammons, Triad Hospitals, TXU, Unocal Thailand and the U.S. Anti-Doping Agency.[4]

List of SMU Dedman School of Law Alumni



Film, performing arts, television, radio, popular culture


The Ministry


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Other athletics



SMU Faculty

Chairpersons of the Board of Trustees

The board of governors served as an executive committee of the 75-member board of trustees. Because of the group's size, most of the real governing was done by the 21-member Board of Governors. In the aftermath of the 1987 Football 'Death penalty' against SMU, the board of governors was eliminated and replaced with a smaller and more efficient board of trustees. The changes were also designed to increase the independence and authority of the university president. The new structure called for a Board of Trustees of 40 members and meeting four times a year instead of twice.

Chairpersons of the Board of Trustees

Name Years
Carl Sewell 2006-Present
Gerald J. Ford 2002-2006
Ruth S. Altshuler 2000-2002
William R. Howell 1996-2000
Robert Dedman Sr. 1992-1996
Ray Lee Hunt 1987-1992
Edwin L. Cox, Sr. 1967-1987

Chairpersons of the Board of Governors

Name Years
William L. Hutchison 1986-1987
Bill Clements 1983-1986
Bill Clements 1967-1973
Eugene McElvaney 1952-1956

Honorary Degree Recipients

Other SMU Affiliates (None Alumni)

  • U.S. Vice President Dick Cheney was a diplomat-in-residence at SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies in March 1996. Later that year, Cheney was named to the SMU Board of Trustees, resigning in August 2000 when he became the Republican candidate for U.S. Vice President.
  • General Colin Powell in 1997 received the first Medal of Freedom Award given by SMU's John Goodwin Tower Center for Political Studies at Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.
  • Former British Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher in 1999 received the second Medal of Freedom Award, presented to her by Colin Powell, the recipient of the first medal.
  • Senator and candidate for the Republican nomination for US President John McCain received the Tower Center's Medal of Freedom Award in 2005.
  • Former British Prime Minister Tony Blair received the Medal of Freedom Award in 2008.

SMU Presidents

Name Years
Robert Stewart Hyer 1911-1920
Hiram Abiff Boaz 1920-1922
Charles Claude Selecman 1923-1938
Umphrey Lee 1939-1954
Willis M. Tate 1954-1972
Paul Hardin 1972-1974
James Zumberge 1975-1980
L. Donald Shields 1980-1986
A. Kenneth Pye 1987-1994
R. Gerald Turner 1995-present



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