Dr. L. Jeffrey Perez, senior counsel to the president for public affairs, serves as Winthrop’s public affairs strategist and communications adviser to the president. He oversees the Office of University Relations and serves as Winthrop’s government and community relations representative, working with local, state and federal officials.
Prior to Winthrop, Perez served as vice president for external affairs at The Citadel, overseeing a division responsible for media relations, public affairs, and marketing. Perez also acted as the chief spokesman for The Citadel, and was the primary point of contact for external constituencies.
Perez previously worked at Shawnee State University in Ohio for three years as executive director of communications and government affairs, where he oversaw media and community relations and coordinated the university’s government relations.
In New York state, Perez was employed in several communication, government policy and public service positions. He was the director of public affairs for the Charter Schools Institute of the State University of New York; director of communication services at the headquarters of the State University of New York, the largest college system in the country with 64 campuses and 400,000 students; and the director of research and a government relations representative for the New York State School Boards Association.
Perez earned a Bachelor of Science degree in foreign service from Georgetown University, a master’s degree from Binghamton University in New York, and a Ph.D. in American history from the College of William and Mary.