Perlick Named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations

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Nicholas J. Perlick has been named Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations at Eastern Kentucky University.

Since 2009, Perlick has served as Director of Development at Middle Tennessee State University, where he has played a leading role in a centennial campaign that is poised to exceed its revised goal with more than a year remaining.

“I could not be more excited about the opportunity to join President (Michael) Benson’s staff and to lead EKU’s alumni relations and fund-raising programs,” Perlick said. “EKU is a university with an exceptional history and bright future. That future will only reach its fullest potential with considerable private support. I am eager to get to know our alumni, friends and supporters and to engage them in the conversation about how we will move EKU forward together.”

At Middle Tennessee, Perlick provided comprehensive oversight of the University’s academic fund-raising programs, leading a 10-person Office of Development staff.  He designed and implemented a comprehensive planned giving program, crafted MTSU’s first-ever comprehensive strategic plan for development and engaged deans and other leadership from eight academic colleges to develop campaign plans. He also served as the 2013 Conference Chair for the Tennessee Advancement Research Council.

“Alumni and friends of Eastern Kentucky University will soon find Nick Perlick the friend- and fund-raising leader we must have to advance our development and alumni relations efforts,” Benson said. “I am impressed by Nick's energy, vision, drive and proven track record, and know he will become instrumental in guiding our forthcoming comprehensive campaign.”

Previously, Perlick served as Executive Director of the Middle Tennessee Medical Center Foundation from 2006 to 2009. He also has served as Development Officer for the Annual Giving Office with the Florida State University Foundation as Director of Development for both the College of Mathematical and Physical Sciences and College of Arts and Sciences at The Ohio State University.

A native of Sutersville, Pa., near Pittsburgh, Perlick earned a bachelor’s degree in political science from Bethany College in West Virginia and a master’s degree in higher education administration from Florida State University. He is currently pursuing a doctoral degree in health and human performance at Middle Tennessee.

His wife, Erin, taught elementary school for seven years and, after taking time away for family responsibilities, recently returned to the classroom in early childhood and preschool instruction. They have two children, Ross, 6, and Sarah, 3.

Published on August 18, 2014

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