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St. Lucie County School District Assistant Superintendent Receives Ph.D. from FAU

BOCA RATON, FL (May 1, 2012) – Kevin Perry, assistant superintendent of schools and fine arts for the St. Lucie County School District, will receive a Doctor of Philosophy in educational leadership from Florida Atlantic University’s College of Education on Friday, May 4  at 1 p.m. in the Carole and Barry Kaye Auditorium, located in FAU’s Student Union, 777 Glades Road, Boca Raton campus.

“As his dissertation advisor, I am very proud of Kevin,” said Ira Bogotch, Ph.D., FAU professor of educational leadership. “His research question,‘What can regular K-12 principals learn from studying school of the arts’ principal leadership?’ refocuses the purposes of public education, as it addresses the many gifts and talents of all children. His findings speak to the importance of building a school culture based on community engagement, student leadership, and students’ passions so that all members of a school — parents, students, teachers, staff — communicate a message of song and love of being in school.”

Achieving a Ph.D. fulfills a charge set by his parents, Henry and Pansy Perry. Henry, a skilled laborer, and Pansy, a nurse, stressed education by instructing their children to take the family another step up the educational ladder. All four Perry children earned bachelor’s degrees, two hold master’s degrees and Kevin Perry is the first to achieve a doctorate degree. Family members will be traveling from Georgia, Michigan, Texas, Tennessee, North Carolina, California and multiple points in Florida to celebrate his achievement.

Perry began his career as a high school band and orchestra director. He has served in education for 27 years as teacher, recruiter and trainer, assistant principal, principal and assistant superintendent. He was mentored in his administrative career by Gerri McPherson, former vice president of FAU’s northern campuses. Perry, in kind, mentors a group of seventh through 12th graders known as the “Men of Tomorrow” and a group of assistant principals and aspiring administrators.

“I am passionate about making an investment in youth because by doing so, you make an investment in the future,” said Perry. “Therefore, I will always be involved in some form of education.”

Perry would like to combine his passion and love for music with work in higher education. Perry said he believes that “education must not be only about the ABCs and 123s, but about LIFE!”


Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University serves more than 29,000 undergraduate and graduate students on seven campuses and sites. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. For more information, visit

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