Prothro has provided leadership and support for civic initiatives contributing
to Dallas' rise as an international center for business and culture, including
SMU's growth as a global educational and research institution.
During her tenure as SMU Board chair, Mrs. Prothro has emphasized the importance of reaching the Universityís stated goal of having 100 endowed faculty positions and attracting nationally recognized experts to enhance SMUís reputation as a center for research and scholarship. She also has focused on drawing increased funding for merit-based scholarships that enable SMU to draw top students nationally and gaining support for major campus enhancements.
Mrs. Prothro, along with her late husband, C. Vincent (Vin) Prothro, has been a generous donor to SMU, supporting the Department of Biological Sciences of the Dedman College of Humanities and Sciences, the Perkins School of Theology and the Meadows School of the Arts. She and her husband continued a long-standing tradition of SMU support from the Perkins-Prothro family of Wichita Falls. That tradition includes Mr. Prothroís parents, Charles and Elizabeth Perkins Prothro, and his grandparents, Joe and Lois Perkins, who endowed the SMU theology school in the early 1940s and funded six buildings for the school, including Perkins Chapel.
Mrs. Prothroís community leadership positions include having served for nine years as vice chair of the AT&T Performing Arts Center Board of Directors and as a past chair of the Centerís Development Committee. She also serves on the boards of the Dallas Salvation Army and the Hoblitzelle Foundation. She has served on the boards of the Dallas Museum of Art, J.P. Morgan-Chase Bank of Texas, the Visiting Nurse Association, the YWCA, the YMCA, and as chair of the Dallas Foundation Board.
Mrs. Prothro, a graduate of Mills College, has been honored for her leadership with numerous awards, including the Robert Dedman Award for Philanthropy, the Ruth Sharp Altshuler Award presented by the Dallas Childrenís Advocacy Center, the Linz Award for community service, the J. Erik Jonsson Ethics Award, the TACA Neiman Marcus Silver Cup Award, the Annette G. Strauss Humanitarian Award and the William B. Travis State of Texas Award for Volunteerism.