Perry likes to be referred to as Roanoke Citizen. He retired as an Air Force Colonel who began his military career in 1964 enlisting as a Security Policeman. His career took him through the ranks attaining the rank of Master Sergeant in a short 9 years. He was selected by his Wing Commander to attend the Academy of Military Science in Knoxville, Tennessee, was commissioned as a 2nd Lieutenant and went on to become a Colonel, ending his military career as the Vice Commander, 122nd Fighter Wing.
He was awarded the Legion of Merit for his distinguished service to the United States and the Sagamore of the Wabash for his outstanding service to the State of Indiana upon his retirement.
Perry worked as the Director of the EXCEL Program for Huntington University after leaving the military. He led the program through significant change. Four new degree major's were launched. He started two new sites, Wabash and Columbia City which resulted in a 67% growth of the adult program.
Perry recently retired after a 2 year and 4 months as Vice President of the College of Professional Studies, Indiana Institue of Technology (Indiana Tech). Perry drove more than 73 thousand miles during this period to provide leadership to 12 sites. During this period revenue grew by an outstanding 72%. Fishers, Mishawaka, and Hammond sites were developed and launched. A Master of Science in Organizational Leadership and PhD in Global Leadership were also started during this period. Most recently Perry helped the University develop a very agressive marketing program to the military. A generous scholarship is helping soldiers and their spouses attain college degrees.
Perry has served in Staff Level and Command positions. His four trips to Turkey and two trips to Egypt were the highlight of his career. He gained tremendous practical experience in negotiating with the Turkish and Egyptian governments to arrange training visits by his unit.
During the period Dan Quayle campaigned for and served as the Vice President, Perry served as the Air National Guard’s point man working with White House staffers and the Secret Service each time Dan returned home to the Fort Wayne Area.
He received his Bachelor of Science in Organizational Management from Huntington College, graduating with Honors. He has a Master of Science in Management from Indiana Wesleyan University, graduating with the honor of Outstanding Professional.
Seeing the need for someone to act in his hometown he completed a thesis that is credited with ridding the Roanoke community of an abandoned Plating Factory. He was a founder of Roanoke Economic Development Organization, Inc., a not-for-profit organization which acquired the property for development. He was named the Roanoke Chamber of Commerce 1995 Citizen of the Year.
Governor Daniels appointed Perry a member of the Indiana Military and Veterans Board in 2008 & named him as a Commissioner on the Indiana Department of Veterans Affairs Commission July 2010 where he served until the end of Governor Daniels term. He served as Chairman of the Greater Fort Wayne Chamber of Commerce Military Affairs Committee.
Perry has served on the Support Council for the Air National Guard of the United States. He was elected President of the National Guard Association of Indiana and served two years representing 14,000 Soldiers and Airmen. He is a noted speaker throughout the Fort Wayne area having made key note speeches for numerous local organizations.
He has previously served as Adjunct Faculty for three area Universities; Huntington University; Indiana Wesleyan University; and Indiana Institute of Technology (Indiana Tech).
He and his wife of 44 years are the parents of two grown sons and have two grandsons. They are members of the Chapel in Southwest Allen County.
A man who knows how to get things done, he believes the most important ingredient in any success is “Good old common sense.”
Whether it is driving a stock car in a charity race or working for your organization, Perry does everything with an intense sence of urgency!