Faculty & Staff

September 26, 2018 

Dear Colleagues:

Jeff Perez, vice president for university relations, has let me know he will be leaving Winthrop on Oct. 10, 2018, to become president of the South Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities. This association, based in Columbia, advocates for 20 distinct and diverse institutions of higher learning across South Carolina.

While we are sad to see Jeff go, we are excited for what lies ahead for him at SCICU. In recent years as vice president, Jeff brought together government relations, university events, and communications and marketing into one division. He guided communications strategy for three Winthrop presidents. He assisted my transition to Winthrop and has been among those who have raised Winthrop's profile in Columbia. He has worked to increase our visibility in the Rock Hill community and statewide, and our institutional branding has been refined on his watch.

Before joining Winthrop in January 2014, Jeff served as vice president for external affairs at The Citadel, overseeing a division responsible for media relations, public affairs, and marketing. He also 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.

Please join me in congratulating Jeff on the new challenges and opportunities that await him at SCICU. I hope you will be able to wish Jeff well from 2-4 p.m. on Tuesday, October 9, in 114 Tillman Hall, as we recognize his contributions to Winthrop University.