SMU’s Perkins School of Theology began a significant new chapter when it dedicated Elizabeth Perkins Prothro Hall, and renovations to Kirby and Selecman Halls, on Sept. 11. Prothro, who embraced and then expanded her family’s support for SMU during a lifetime of philanthropy and leadership, died May 23 in Wichita Falls.

“My mother believed with all her heart in the importance of learning and the power of knowledge,” said daughter Kay Yeager, the former mayor of Wichita Falls. “She decided early in life to maintain a family tradition of enabling others to better themselves through higher education, a legacy both her children and grandchildren are continuing to honor.”

The 20,000-square-foot Prothro Hall is the centerpiece of the revamped theology quad. An environmentally friendly building, the facility is eligible for LEED Certification from the U.S. Green Building Council. The building houses facilities for education and community uses – including a 2,200-square-foot great hall for public events, a refectory for dining services, a student computer lab, preaching lab, classrooms, seminar rooms and two lecture halls.

Click the YouTube screen to watch a time-lapse video of Prothro Hall’s construction.

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