2020 Sustainer of the Year


Bess Enloe


Bess Enloe has been an energetic leader and supporter of many Dallas arts groups through the years.  A graduate of SMU, she currently serves as a Life Trustee of the ATT Performing Arts Center where she currently serves on the Governance Committee, the Executive Committee and co-chairs the Capital Campaign Committee.  Long before the AT&T Performing Arts Center became a reality, Bess saw the need for the facility. She actively pursued it, and the depth and focus of her interest is reflected in the number of committees on which she has served.  In addition to serving as the past Vice Chairman of the Board of the AT&T Performing Arts Center,  she was a member of  the the Capital Campaign Committee that raised the funds to build the Center, is a former member of the Finance Committee and the Programming Committee.  During the Design and Construction phase of the Center,  she served as Chairman of the Wyly Theatre Facilities Committee,  a member of the Architecture Selection Committee.

Bess is a Life Trustee of the Dallas Theater Center where she served as President and then Chairman of the Board from 1989-1996. Currently, she serves as  a member of the Artistic Advisory Committee of the DTC.

From 2010-2014 she served as chairman of the SMU Meadows School of the Arts Executive Board and currently serves as member of that Board.  In addition, she is a current member of the national Board of SMU Data Arts.

Bess has received several awards in recognition of her work including the TACA Silver Cup Award in 1993, the TITAS Award for Excellence in 2007, and the Dallas Historical Society’s Award for Excellence in the Arts in 2009.  In 2014 she was the Honoree for the Meadows at the Meyerson event benefitting the Meadows School for the Arts at SMU.  In 2015 she received  the Distinguished Alumna Award from Southern Methodist University.

Bess is married to Robert Ted Enloe and they are parents of two adult daughters, Rebecca Enloe Fletcher and Elizabeth Enloe Malakoff and are the grandparents of four granddaughters and one grandson.