New vice president for external affairs named
L. Jeffrey Perez, executive director of the office of communications and public affairs at Shawnee State University in Portsmouth, Ohio, has been named The Citadel’s new vice president of external affairs.
Perez was among more than 50 applicants and three finalists for the position. He succeeds Patricia McArver who was director of integrated marketing from 1999 to 2002 when she was promoted to vice president of communications. The first woman named to a senior level administrative position at the college, McArver resigned in August 2007 to teach in The Citadel School of Business Administration. She is also director of the college’s Oral Communications Lab.
Following McArver’s departure, the vice president for communications position was restructured. The vice president for external affairs will be responsible for strategically communicating the college’s institutional priorities and will oversee the college’s marketing, internal and external communications, media, and public relations functions while working closely with The Citadel Alumni Association, The Citadel Foundation and The Citadel Brigadier Foundation.
Perez has been director of the office of communications and government affairs at Shawnee State University since November 2005. In addition to directing communications, Perez represents the university in the Ohio legislature. Before joining Shawnee State University, he was director of public affairs at the Charter Schools Institute at State University of New York from 2001 to 2005, SUNY communications services director from 1999 to 2001 and senior writer at SUNY from 1997 to 1999. He also worked for the New York State School Boards Association as director of research and as governmental relations representative.
A native of Long Island, N.Y., Perez earned his undergraduate degree in U.S. history and diplomacy from Georgetown University. He received a master’s in American history from State University of New York at Binghamton and a doctorate in American History with a minor in colonial Latin America from the College of William and Mary.
Perez will start work May 6.