Dr. Perry began his full-time career with Olivet in 1975, working in various capacities in the business office, including budget director and assistant to the chief financial officer. He accepted his current positions as chief financial officer in 1985 and the vice president for finance in 1998. He is responsible for the University facilities, major building construction projects, property acquisitions and master planning, information technology, student financial aid, human resources, and the various business and financial functions of the University.
"Olivet has been my whole life," Dr. Perry says. "Growing up on the campus, attending and graduating, and now a career of over four decades with the University. What a privilege to invest one’s life in an institution with such a great mission and purpose. I will always be grateful to Olivet for the wonderful opportunity I have had to serve in work that has great eternal significance."
In 2012, the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center opened on Olivet's campus to serve students, faculty and staff with an outstanding facility for fitness and fun plus classroom and meeting spaces.
He is a member of the National Association of College and University Business Officers, the College and University Personnel Association, the Association of Nazarene College and University Business Officers, and the Association of Business Administrators of Christian Colleges.
In the greater Kankakee community, Dr. Perry serves on the board of directors and as chair of the audit committee for Riverside Medical Center. He is also a member of the fund raising committee for the local Boy Scouts of America. He previously served on the United Way board of directors; the Community Arts Council; and committees supporting veterans affairs.
Dr. Perry has been a member of College Church of the Nazarene in Bourbonnais for approximately 60 years. He also served the Chicago Central District for 20 years as both a district advisory board member and district treasurer.
Olivet Nazarene University is deeply embedded in the life of Dr. Perry. His connection to the University spans four generations. His grandfather, A.L. Parrott, was one of Olivet's presidents and was responsible for relocating the school from its old location at Olivet, Illinois, to its present location on the campus in Bourbonnais. His father, Ralph Perry, was an alumnus of Olivet and a member of Olivet's faculty from the late 1940s to the mid-1970s. Ralph was instrumental in starting the graduate program in religion for the University.
Dr. Perry met and married his wife, Sheila (Oswald) '70/'77 M.A.E., while they were students at Olivet. Their family now includes: one son, John '01/'02 M.B.A./'15 Ed.D. and his wife, Monique (Cartier) '03; one daughter, Lauren (Perry) McClymonds '02/'04 M.A.T., and her husband, Ryan '04/'07 M.B.A., and their children, Roe and Ryn.
Zechariah 4:6 is a significant verse for Dr. Perry: "… Not by might nor by power, but by My Spirit, says the Lord of Hosts."