Contact: Gary MacDonald

June 4, 2003

Perkins School Of Theology Announces Director Of Student Services

DALLAS (SMU) -- Tracy Anne Allred has been named director of student services at Southern Methodist University's Perkins School of Theology where she will oversee services to prospective, entering and continuing students in the school's degree programs.

Ms. Allred has been serving as Perkins School of Theology's director of recruitment since 2001 where she managed a 46-percent increase in applications to the school. She previously served as director of admissions at the Divinity School at Duke University. As director for student services, she will continue to supervise the school's recruitment and admissions efforts and will also direct the school's scholarship and financial aid programs, guide student and community life initiatives and manage student-university relations.

"We are excited that the energy and creativity that Tracy Anne brought to our recruitment efforts, along with her wide experience in ministry, will now serve our wider student community," said William B. Lawrence, dean of Perkins School of Theology. "She brings great care and sensitivity to her role of making theological education accessible and affordable to students who are working to answer a call to leadership in the church."

"It is an exciting time for students at Perkins," said Ms. Allred. "We have one of the most diverse seminary faculties in the country, a keen focus on the global mission of the church, as well as practical training for students who must deal with ministry in a changing culture. I look forward to helping students find the resources they need to be prepared as church leaders."

In addition to her work in United Methodist schools of theology, Ms. Allred also served as coordinator of Work Team Ministries at the United Methodist-related Hinton Rural Life Center in Hayesville, N.C., staff coordinator at the Wesley Foundation of Florida State University and various ministry positions in churches in South Carolina, North Carolina and Florida. She also served as an adjunct instructor of anatomy at Palm Beach Community College. She earned her M.Div. degree from Duke University and a Bachelor of Science degree from Florida State University. She will begin her new duties on June 15.

Perkins School of Theology is one of five University-related official schools of theology of The United Methodist Church. The school was founded in 1911 by the Methodist Episcopal Church South, now The United Methodist Church. Degree programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, and Doctor of Ministry degree, as well as the Ph.D. in cooperation with SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences.