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Longwood appoints Dr. Ken Perkins as interim vice president for academic affairs

May 18, 2010

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Longwood President Patricia Cormier has announced that Dr. Ken Perkins, executive assistant to the president for student success, has been appointed as interim vice president for academic affairs effective July 1, 2010.  The selection of Dr. Perkins was made in consultation with President-Elect Patrick Finnegan who begins officially as Longwood's 25th president on July 1.

A longtime member of the Longwood University faculty, Dr. Perkins chaired the Sociology Department for five years; was interim chair of the Psychology Department for one year; served as associate vice president for academic affairs for two years; and directed the university's "reaffirmation of accreditation" from the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), which culminated successfully in 2003 after a three-year effort. He received the Maria Bristow Starke Award for Faculty Excellence in 1999 and a Fuqua Excellence in Teaching Award in 2004.

Dr. Perkins' sociological research has focused primarily on the study of volunteer fire and rescue organizations in the United States and Canada.  He is the co-author of two books on this subject, The Future of Volunteer Fire and Rescue Services: Taming the Dragons of Change and Leading Career and Volunteer Firefighters: Searching for Buried Treasure, and has published numerous journal articles on subjects ranging from the development of oligarchies in volunteer organizations to volunteering as serious leisure, and the role of volunteer fire departments in rural community life.   Dr. Perkins has been a member of the Prospect Volunteer Fire Department since 1985.

Most recently, Dr. Perkins has been intimately involved in enrollment management and student success at Longwood, including the recruitment and retention of capable students.  His responsibilities for student success will continue in his new appointment as interim vice president for academic affairs and he will also oversee the Office of Assessment and Institutional Research.  

A native of Cochran, Ga., Dr. Perkins is a graduate of Middle Georgia College and has bachelor's and master's degrees from Valdosta State College and a Ph.D. from Virginia Tech. He previously served two terms on the Prince Edward County School Board.  

Dr. Perkins succeeds Dr. Wayne McWee who has served as provost and vice president for academic affairs over the past five years. Dr. McWee has been a part of the Longwood family for over 25 years and plans to return to the classroom next spring following a well-earned sabbatical for the fall semester.