Southern Methodist University Breaks Ground on New Academic Building

Southern Methodist University recently broke ground for Harold Clark Simmons Hall, a three-story, 40,000-square-foot academic building. Located along Airline Drive, the new unit will house various programs and departments.

Southern Methodist University recently broke ground on Harold Clark Simmons Hall, a three-story, 40,000-square-foot academic building. Located along Airline Drive, the new property will house various programs and departments:

  • The Budd Center for Involving Communities in Education – a program that promotes a holistic approach to fighting poverty by transforming education. It helps school districts and nonprofit organizations in their endeavors to help children who live in poverty.
  • The Teacher Development Studio – a program that is meant to train students in teaching, instructional design and assessment.
  • The Department of Teaching and Learning – which focuses on improving and cementing the skills and experience of educators who will work at an undergraduate, post baccalaureate and graduate level.
  • Space dedicated for classrooms, laboratories, faculty and administrative offices and conference rooms.

The new addition is being developed through financial support from Annette Caldwell Simmons and Harold C. Simmons, who donated $25 million to SMU in February 2013. This constitutes the couple’s second donation to the university. In 2007, they donated $20 million that went toward the development of Annette Caldwell Simmons Hall, the school’s first new building since its opening in 1915.

“This new building will support the growing impact and leadership of the Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development. The Simmons School excels in research productivity and innovative programs that have direct application to the critical education needs in our community and beyond,” said SMU President R. Gerald Turner in a written statement. “The generosity of Harold and Annette Simmons reflects their wisdom and foresight in supporting programs that expand human potential and achievement. We are grateful to them for enabling us to increase student and faculty achievement in the school.”

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