Rich and Mary Templeton, longtime supporters of SMU, have committed $5 million for research at the Lyle School of Engineering.
This gift, which includes $4 million for an endowment and $1 million for operations, creates the Templeton Endowed Research Excellence Fund.
(ABOVE: From left: Mary and Rich Templeton with SMU President R. Gerald Turner. Courtesy photo)
“Research is essential to SMU’s ability to make an impact through technology. We’re delighted to help make that happen,” said Rich Templeton, who is chairman, president, and CEO of Texas Instruments and also serves on SMU’s Board of Trustees.
Lyle Engineering Dean Marc P. Christensen said, “This gift can mean the difference between advancing research or watching a good idea die on the vine. It allows us to recruit the most talented students and faculty, and enables them to lead the way in emerging areas of research.”