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Board of Trustees approve Ph.D. program in art history

The Board of Trustees approved a new Ph.D. program in art history Friday morning, according to SMU President R. Gerald Turner.

The program is slated to begin in Fall 2011, but the university is still raising funds for an endowed chair and fellowship support for the graduate students.

 

“That’s [the program] been talked about for at least 10 years, maybe longer,” Turner said. “The interest in that program with all the fine arts complexes that are making up Dallas now—[we] felt that this was the right time to do it.”

 

Turner spoke with The Daily Campus after the Board’s regular February meeting to discuss what happened. The Board of Trustees meeting is not open to the public or press.

 

According to Turner, the Board went over the financial situation of the university for the rest of this fiscal year, which ends May 31.

 

“That was good news,” Turner said. “Basically we’re right on budget.”

 

Turner also noted that the university’s endowment has recovered from the economy’s downturn. SMU’s endowment went down to $1 billion from $1.4 billion, a decline of 26.3 percent.

 

“Of course the endowment had gone down in the recession,” he said. “It’s good to report that it’s way back. Some of the losses have been recouped in the past six months.”

 

As of the end of last year, the endowment had seen an increase of $86 million to $1.12 billion.

 

The Board also received an update on the Second Century fundraising campaign. The university is halfway through the campaign, which will end in 2013.

 

Turner reported that the university has raised $416 million of the $750 million goal.

 

” I would like to think we would be further down the line without the recession, but that [the recession] slows everything down,” he said. “We’re doing extremely well given the economic hard times we’ve had to be past the halfway in time and past halfway point in total.”

 

The Board of Trustees will meet again on May 7. The agenda has not yet been determined, but they will approve the final university budget for the next year.

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