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Office of Admissions and Financial Aid

Tracy Anne Allred   Tracy Anne Allred
   Director of Student Services  


In her role as Director of Student Services, Tracy Anne assists students throughout their career at Perkins from the moment they inquire until the day they graduate. She connects students with the various financial aid resources available to them at SMU and Perkins School of Theology as well as denominational and other scholarship agencies. Students may wish to request an individual appointment to discuss financial aid options as they plan to make their theological education affordable. Tracy Anne also oversees the day-to-day operations of our community life experiences in collaboration with Melissa Collier, the Community Life Graduate Assistant. Tracy Anne is a member of the United Methodist Church.

Herbert Coleman
   Herbert S. Coleman, II
   Director of Recruitment and Admissions


For many students, the first introduction to Perkins may be through Herbert. Whether through a college, church or denominational meeting visit, or by hosting an Inside Perkins or individual visit to give students a glimpse of life on campus, Herbert helps prospective students understand the masters level options and program paths that await them at Perkins in the Perkins community.

Rev. Susan Buchanan   Susan Buchanan
   Director of Recruitment and Student Services - Houston Galveston Extension


Susan recruits and serves students enrolled at Perkins School of Theology in the Houston-Galveston Extension Program, helping them get the most of their education. Susan nurtures community life, including worship, meals, and other programs before classes on Monday nights. She provides helpful information to prospective students exploring the possibility of beginning their theological studies without having to relocate. She is ready to answer your questions regarding our convenient weekly class meetings, community life opportunities, and how to connect you with academic and church resources in the Houston-Galveston area.

 Mary Gallegos
  Mary Gallegos
  Admissions Specialist


Mary manages all incoming applications to Perkins, keeping track of the status of each applicant's progress and status through the admissions process. Mary keeps in frequent contact with students to ensure that their applications are completed and processed as smoothly and quickly as possible. She also coordinates commuter housing on Campus.

Lynda Casey

Lynda Casey
Coordinator of Admissions, Financial Aid, and Community Life


Lynda works closely with Tracy Anne to aid students in funding their theological education.  She works with students to help them find scholarships and then complete and submit scholarship applications.  Lynda also helps to maintain the Perkins website.

Community Life

Elizabeth Ferguson
Community Lunch Chef


Elizabeth brings her culinary expertise to many events at Perkins, including the Community Lunch program for students Tuesday through Friday in the gathering area known as the Refectory.

Rachel Rigdon
Community Life Graduate Assistant


Rachel, a current M.Div. Perkins Student, works in collaboration with Tracy Anne Allred to provide enriching Community Life experiences at Perkins.

Main Contact

The Perkins Admissions office is open Monday - Friday, 8:30 am - 5:00 pm. The offices are located in Kirby Hall, Room 216.  Walk-ins and Appointments are welcome.

Mailing Address:
Perkins School of Theology
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
P.O. Box 750133
Dallas, TX 75275-0133

Physical Address:
Perkins School of Theology
5915 Bishop Blvd
Office of Admission and Financial Aid
Kirby Hall, Rm 216
Dallas, TX 75275

Main: 214.768.2293

Fax: 214.768.4245

Houston-Galveston Extension:
Houston-Galveston Extension Program
SMU/Perkins School of Theology
3501 W. Alabama, Ste 106
Houston TX 77027

Other Contacts

Submissions for Job Board Postings, Housing or Perkins news can be sent to:

Information on Scholarships and Student Loans is also available from the Admissions Office. 214.768.2293