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Division of University Relations

The mission of the Division of University Relations is to ensure Winthrop constituencies have an understanding of the university that is accurate, engaging, and consistent, and to cultivate and establish relationships both on and off campus that will advance the university’s strategic priorities.

Perez, JeffDr. L. Jeffrey Perez, vice president for University Relations, is the primary spokesperson for Winthrop and serves as the university’s public affairs strategist and communications adviser to the president.

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. 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.

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; 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.

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