December 1, 2020
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Dr. Tom Perrin Named Senior Vice President
Montgomery, Ala.—Huntingdon College President J. Cameron West announced today his appointment of Dr. Thomas G. Perrin as senior vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty. Dr. Perrin has been serving as interim vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty since December 2019. The appointment is effective immediately.
“Dr. Tom Perrin has steered the College’s academic programs and faculty through the redesign of and comprehensive assessment measures for a competency-based general education curriculum and the creation of curricula focused on vocational discovery and calling, both of which were integral in the College’s decennial review by our accreditation agency, the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC)—in which the College was reaffirmed with no recommendations—and the creation and introduction of the College’s first graduate program. Moreover, he has presided over the most difficult period for instruction in the College’s history during this pandemic,” said President West. “I am grateful for all he has done to provide leadership for Huntingdon faculty, guiding them through and acclimating them with virtual and in-person instruction. He is innovative, forward-thinking, energetic, and affable in the position. It’s a pleasure to work with him, and I look forward to our continued relationship.”
Dr. Perrin joined the Huntingdon faculty as assistant professor of English in 2011. Soon after, he participated in the design of and created assessment measures for a new general education curriculum. He was appointed head of the College’s honors program in 2016, increasing program participation by nearly 80 percent in his first year at the helm. In 2017 he was appointed associate provost, participating on the Strategic Planning Committee and creating curricula and securing grant funding for the College’s SACSCOC Quality Enhancement Plan—an academic emphasis on vocation and calling. He is chairing Huntingdon’s Race and Justice Initiative, working with faculty, staff, and alumni in coordinating academic, cocurricular, and alumni efforts to further social justice at Huntingdon.
Dr. Perrin earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees in English at Corpus Christi College, the University of Cambridge, and a second master’s degree and Ph.D. at the University of Chicago.
Huntingdon College is a coeducational residential liberal arts college of the United Methodist Church.