Southern Methodist University Board of Trustees Elects Haynes and Boone Co-Founder Mike Boone as Chair


DALLAS – Haynes and Boone, LLP co-founder and Partner Mike Boone has been selected chair of the Southern Methodist University (SMU) Board of Trustees. Boone has been an SMU trustee since 1996.

As chair, Boone will lead the university’s 42-member governing board and serve as co-chair of SMU Unbridled: The Second Century Campaign, a program focused on raising $1 billion for scholarships, faculty and academic excellence, and campus housing. He also serves as the vice chair of the Dedman Law School’s Executive Board.

SMU President R. Gerald Turner noted that Boone “possesses a thorough knowledge of university operations, policies and issues as well as opportunities for our continued advancement.”

“As a practicing business lawyer, he brings special expertise to his chairmanship,” Turner said in a statement. “His leadership will be critical as the University moves into the final years of its campaign and centennial commemorations in 2015, and as we prepare for our second century of achievement.”

Previously, Boone led the development of “Dallas & SMU: The Power of Partnership,” a community and economic impact report and served as an adjunct professor of corporate securities law at the Dedman School of Law.

“SMU has made great strides in improving its academic standing nationally, its value to the D-FW region and the state, and its global reputation,” Boone said. “I look forward to serving SMU in this new capacity. We have a great leader in our president, R. Gerald Turner, and a fully engaged board of trustees.”

A member of Haynes and Boone’s Board of Directors and an active partner, Boone has more than 40 years of experience in mergers and acquisitions, corporate finance, securities transactions and corporate governance.

Boone’s honors include receiving the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award from SMU’s Cary M. Maguire Center for Ethics and Public Responsibility, the Robert S. Folsom Leadership Award from the Methodist Health System Foundation and the Jack Lowe Sr. Award for Community Leadership from the Dallas Bar Association.

He received a bachelor’s degree in accounting from SMU in 1963 and juris doctorate from the law school in 1967.


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