Dodee Crockett serves as co-chair for The Second Century Campaign Steering Committee for the Perkins School of Theology and is a member of both the Perkins Executive Board and SMU’s Planned Giving Council. She received a Master of Theological Studies degree from Perkins. She is managing director of investments for Crockett, McBride & Associates, a Merrill Lynch Global Wealth Management team.
Campaign Update: This issue of Campaign Update highlights gifts to SMU honoring others. As part of your history of supporting the University, you provided a generous gift to name the Habito Labyrinth in the Perkins School for Professor Ruben L. F. Habito. Would you talk about why you chose to make such a gift?
Crockett: Working on my degree in religious studies, I discovered a real passion for the idea of working toward peace through interfaith dialogue. Dr. Habito is a thoughtful, engaging professor on that subject, as well as on the subject of contemplative theology. Of course, the labyrinth was built as a place for contemplation. My husband (William B. Crockett, Jr. ’05) and I thought it was wonderful opportunity to name the facility for an active professor, someone who could be a continuing guide on how the labyrinth could be used.
CU: What impact do you believe the campaign has had on the school thus far, and what do you and the committee hope to accomplish moving forward?
Crockett: Probably the most visible accomplishment has been the construction of the new Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall and the renovation of other facilities. It has meant that, when we bring potential students to campus, they see SMU’s level of commitment to theological training. Looking forward, we want to complete endowments for a variety of new programs, new centers, faculty positions and additional scholarships.
CU: Would you comment on the importance of planned giving and the way that such gifts can help ensure SMU’s future financial stability?
Crockett: Well, my husband and I have created a legacy gift. And being a member of the Planned Giving Council enables me to speak to people about ways to support SMU in a broad sense. I believe that through planned gifts of various types we can create the future we envision. Planned gifts will enable SMU to continue its journey well into the future.
CU: What would you say to someone who asked why they should support SMU at this time?
Crockett: This is a special moment in SMU’s history. Under the leadership of President Turner and the Board of Trustees, the University is realizing the potential that has been there for 100 years. And now, as we begin SMU’s second century, we are increasingly going to feel the University’s impact in the world community. I encourage others to identify an area at SMU that resonates with their own passion and to provide support. Be part of the conversation.