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Patricia A. 'Patty' Perillo named vice president for student affairs


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BLACKSBURG, Va., April 30, 2012 – Patricia A. "Patty" Perillo, associate dean of students at Davidson College, has been named vice president for student affairs at Virginia Tech. She will begin her new position Aug. 1.

She will succeed Edward F.D. Spencer who will retire June 30 after 30 years at Virginia Tech.

“Patty Perillo is a transformative leader in higher education who, throughout her career, has been actively engaged in college life and student affairs work and who has enjoyed an impressive array of leadership and service experiences,” said Senior Vice President and Provost Mark G. McNamee. “She emerged as the leading candidate among a strong pool of student affairs professionals. With her focus on collaborative approaches to enhance student learning, she will be an important new voice for student affairs as we implement the new university strategic plan.”

“Virginia Tech is an extraordinary institution and I am  thrilled to serve as the next vice president for student affairs," said Perillo. "The espoused values of the university are clearly enacted and manifested in every person I met during my time on-campus; it is a very special community and I feel honored to become a part of it. I feel especially fortunate to begin my tenure during a time when the division can advance and work in concert with the university’s new strategic plan.”

As vice president, Perillo will provide leadership and oversight to the 15 departments in the Division of Student Affairs, which encompasses the Campus Alcohol Abuse Prevention Center, Career Services, Cook Counseling Center, Corps of Cadets, Cranwell International Center, Dean of Students Office, Dining Services, Fraternity and Sorority Life, Housing and Residence Life, Multicultural Programs and Services, Recreational Sports, Schiffert Health Center, Services for Students with Disabilities, Student Centers and Activities, and Student Conduct.

Perillo will bring 25 years of higher education experience to Virginia Tech. She has been involved in all aspects of college life and has served in every functional area within student affairs as well as areas within academic affairs.

At Davidson since 2007, Perillo oversees the college’s residence life, Greek life and multicultural affairs programs. She is responsible for a $20 million budget, eight full-time employees and 80 student employees, and the maintenance and renovations of 29 campus buildings. She also leads campus-wide programs on inclusive excellence and alcohol reform.

From 2004 to 2007, she was assistant vice president for student affairs at the University of Maryland, Baltimore County, and she led units devoted to undergraduate and graduate student government; Greek life; leadership education; civic engagement; student involvement; cultural center; interfaith center; business services; commuter affairs; transfer student network; student activities; and, union programs.

In addition, Perillo has worked at the University of Maryland, College Park; State University of New York at Plattsburgh; State University of New York at Albany; and the University of Delaware.

Perillo is also active in several professional organizations. She has served as president of the American College Personnel Association (ACPA) and was the 2011 ACPA Convention chair. She has been a member of the ACPA and National Association of Student Personnel Administrators (NASPA) Consolidation Steering Committee, the ACPA and NASPA Professional Competencies Task Force; and the ACPA Foundation. She also holds memberships with the Association of American Colleges and Universities and the International Leadership Association.

She has been honored with the ACPA Diamond Honoree for Service to Higher Education and induction into Phi Kappa Phi, Omicron Delta Kappa, and Phi Alpha Epsilon.

Perillo received her bachelor’s degree and master’s degree from the University of Delaware and a Ph.D. from the University of Maryland.

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech takes a hands-on, engaging approach to education, preparing scholars to be leaders in their fields and communities. As the commonwealth’s most comprehensive university and its leading research institution, Virginia Tech offers 240 undergraduate and graduate degree programs to more than 31,000 students and manages a research portfolio of $513 million. The university fulfills its land-grant mission of transforming knowledge to practice through technological leadership and by fueling economic growth and job creation locally, regionally, and across Virginia.