Aug. 29, 2003

Perkins School Of Theology Names New Director Of Recruitment And Admissions

DALLAS (SMU) -- Jason Pangiarella has been named Director of Recruitment and Admissions at SMU's Perkins School of Theology. Pangiarella will continue the school's work with prospective and entering students. There has been a 25 percent increase in applications over the past year and the school is now welcoming its largest class of incoming students in more than 10 years, a 35 percent increase over last year. Last year's student body totaled 520 students.

Pangiarella is a graduate of Yale Divinity School with a Master of Arts degree in religion. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in philosophy and religion from the University of North Dakota and is a member of Phi Beta Kappa.

Pangiarella has a background in a variety of university positions, including an internship with the Yale University Press, community life coordinator for the Yale Divinity School, editor and contributor for multiple Divinity School publications, student assistant with the Judaic Studies Program at Yale, and student ambassador with the office of student academic services at the University of North Dakota.

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. Programs include the Master of Church Ministry, Master of Divinity, Master of Sacred Music, Master of Theological Studies, Doctor of Ministry, and Doctor of Philosophy, offered in cooperation with SMU's Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences. Besides its programs at the main campus in Dallas, Perkins offers programs in Houston-Galveston, San Antonio and Oklahoma City.