Peter C. Perkins

Peter PerkinsPeter C. Perkins, vice president for institutional advancement at SUNY Cortland, joined the College in 2015 from SUNY Polytechnic Institute in Utica, N.Y., formerly SUNY Institute of Technology. He served there since 2004, most recently as assistant vice president for development and executive director of the college’s foundation.

At SUNY Cortland, Perkins oversees the College’s fundraising initiatives and guides efforts in alumni engagement, government affairs, public relations and print and electronic communications. His career in higher education has included experiences in teaching, department and administrative leadership, continuing education, corporate training and outreach, fundraising and academic affairs.

During his time at SUNY Poly, Perkins also worked as the director of corporate training and outreach from 2004 to 2008 and director of career services from 2008 to 2009. He began his career in higher education in 1992 at Empire State College in Syracuse, where his titles included faculty mentor, director of the forum management education program and interim dean twice. 

A native of Malone, N.Y., Perkins served six years in the U.S. Air Force as a medical service technician. He earned a B.S. in business administration and an M.B.A. in production/operations management from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.

His wife Darlene, a retired U.S Air Force major, is a nurse administrator at the Veterans Affairs Medical Center in Rome, N.Y. They have two adult daughters, Ashley and Michelle.