$1.5 million gift from the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for the Arts and Education will establish an endowed chair in the Division of Art History at the Meadows School of the Arts.
“We are deeply grateful to the Kleinheinz Family Endowment for its generosity and visionary support,” said Southern Methodist University president R. Gerald Turner. “This gift will enable Meadows School of the Arts to add further strength to the faculty and academic offerings in one of the school’s leading departments. The gift supports a major goal of SMU’s Second Century Campaign to endow 100 faculty positions and brings the current total to 86.”
“We are very impressed with Marguerite’s experience at the Meadows School and SMU. Meadows dean José Bowen has made great progress during his tenure,” said Marsha Kleinheinz, president of the endowment.
Marsha Kleinheinz earned a bachelor of arts degree from SMU in 1983 and is involved in charitable organizations including Gill Children’s Services, the Warm Place, the Modern Art Museum of Fort Worth, Van Cliburn Foundation, Fort Worth Museum of Science and History, Performing Arts of Fort Worth and North Texas Public Broadcasting. The Kleinheinzes have three children.
“Our art history faculty are doing remarkable new things that will change the way art is studied,” Bowen said. “With this exceptionally generous gift, we will be able to recruit and retain outstanding professors and continue to enhance our reputation as one of the very best art history departments in the country.”
The Meadows School of the Arts, formally established at SMU in 1969, has 10 academic divisions. The mission of the Meadows School is to educate artists, scholars and arts and communications professionals and prepare them to have a sustainable and transformative impact.
SMU is a nationally ranked private university that has 11,000 students and seven degree-granting schools.