2016 Methodist Health System Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award

SMU President R. Gerald Turner
Photo courtesy of Methodist Health System Foundation

Methodist Health System Foundation has named R. Gerald Turner, president of Southern Methodist University, philanthropist, and education and community leader, as the 2016 Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award recipient. Established in 2005, the award recognizes individuals whose demonstrated commitment and excellence in community leadership emulate the achievements of former Dallas Mayor Robert S. Folsom.

Dr. Turner has been a fixture among academic, civic, and business leadership for more than two decades in Dallas. As the longest-serving president of SMU, Dr. Turner has led an era of unprecedented progress, including a $1 billion major gifts campaign that surpassed its goal in September 2015, three months ahead of schedule. SMU is now among 34 private universities to conduct a campaign to raise $1 billion or more in resources. SMU consistently ranks in the top one-fourth of the best national universities as listed in U.S. News & World Report. Working with the SMU Board of Trustees, Dr. Turner led efforts to attract the George W. Bush Presidential Center, which opened on the SMU campus in May 2013.

Sponsorships at $10k level and above are available now by contacting Methodist Health System Foundation Vice President Angela Nash at 214-947-4596 or angelanash@mhd.com. 

Event Details


10.19.16 | 6:30 pm


Hilton Anatole
2201 N. Stemmons Fwy.
Dallas, TX 75207