“I really like the idea at this point in my life of transiting from supporting the department of defense to supporting higher education,” he said.
He will replace the current vice president Craig Morris and manage seven departments, three of which are business related.
One project he’ll oversee strengthening the university’s risk management program.
“I’ll continue to implement the actions that have already been initiated,” Perkinson said.
This, after the university suffered a scam in June costing the school around $1.9 million.
“I think safety is a fundamental concern,” said he.
He’ll also help with training and policy making.
“What will be important for me to do is establishing and maintaining a dialogue where I ensure that I am being transparent telling the students what the current state of play is and what we are doing moving forward,” Perkinson said.
He’ll work with a $110 million budget for 2018.
“One of the things that I think helps mitigate fear and enable people to feel comfortable is to see that people are being authentic and that they are being real,” he said.
So far the university has recovered $610,000 from the scam. It’s hoping to receive additional reimbursement through its criminal investigation and insurance.