Mark L. Perkins was UW-Green Bay's third chancellor from February 1994 to July 2001, when he left to become president of Towson University in Maryland.
At UW-Green Bay:
Perkins initiated strategic planning with the aim of positioning the University for the 21st century. He provided collaborative leadership in creating the Institute for Learning Partnership, a relationship among schools, unions, and the University aimed at improving education at all levels. Among the results was a new master’s degree program in education at UW-Green Bay. He worked toward other partnering relationships, among them a credit transfer agreement that permitted students in specific career tracks at Northeast Wisconsin Technical College to work toward degrees at both institutions simultaneously. Perkins convened a community panel to analyze the financial health of the University’s NCAA Division I athletics program. He secured funding for the new $20 million Mary Ann Cofrin Hall classroom building–the first academic building since 1974–and saw the project through to completion. He also was successful in getting funding for a $17.9 million project to remodel the1969 Laboratory Sciences Building to bring the facility up to contemporary standards for science education. During his tenure, the University opened its first “upscale” apartment suites student housing units, and completed a $4.6 million addition to the Weidner Center for the Performing Arts.
Perkins initiated a campus wide examination of the student learning experience at UW-Green Bay that led to recommendations for improvement. He incorporated into those recommendations proposals for upgrading campus life facilities by expanding the University Union and sports, recreational and meeting facilities.
Perkins was active with the Green Bay Area Chamber of Commerce Partners in Education, and served on various boards, including the Green Bay Symphony, Downtown Green Bay, Inc., and Weidner Center Presents, Inc., and on the St. Vincent Hospital Advisory Council. He served on the Midwestern Collegiate Conference Presidents Council board of directors.
Bachelor’s degree in psychology, St. Andrews Presbyterian College; master’s degree and Ph.D., University of Georgia (in psychometrics and statistics).
Prior to joining UW-Green Bay:
Perkins was executive vice president at California State University, Stanislaus, and prior to that, was with Old Dominion University, Virginia, where he moved up administrative ranks to associate executive vice president.