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Portrait of Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo, Ph.D. ’02

Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo, Ph.D. ’02

Vice President for Student Affairs


Patricia (Patty) A. Perillo worked at seven institutions of higher learning before returning to her doctoral alma mater to serve as vice president for student affairs (VPSA) at the University of Maryland. Immediately before her arrival to the UMD, she served as the VPSA and assistant professor of higher education at Virginia Tech for seven years. She has also worked at Davidson College, the State University of New York (Plattsburgh and Albany campuses), UMBC and the University of Delaware.

Perillo provides leadership and oversight for more than 14 departments and administrative units in the Division of Student Affairs at UMD. With a team of over 3,000 students, faculty and staff, a budget of over $240 million, and responsibility for nearly 50 percent of the campus physical capital, she is committed to ensuring transformative learning experiences for students. She obtained her doctoral degree in public and community health, with an interdisciplinary academic partnership with the student affairs program in the College of Education, from the University of Maryland. Her master’s degree in college counseling and student affairs and bachelor’s degree in psychology are from the University of Delaware. She has received honors and awards including ACPA’s Esther Lloyd Jones Professional Service Award, ACPA’s Diamond Honoree Award, and inductions into Phi Kappa Phi and Omicron Delta Kappa.

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