Clifford Perry began his academic career as a full-time faculty member in the mathematics department at the University of Minnesota. Following his employment at the General Motors Research Laboratories he joined Eastman Kodak Company for 32 years where he held a variety of high-level managerial and executive positions in both U.S. and international operations. In his most recent divisional vice-president position, Cliff directed the organizational effectiveness division in Kodak's $1B business within the Latin American Region.
While a research mathematician at Minnesota and during his tenure at Eastman Kodak, Cliff engaged in several (proprietary) research projects, and presented at numerous industrial research and business conferences. Selected publications include work on the theory of solvemanifolds, non-parametric statistics, information systems architecture, computational science, and a National Science Foundation paper on supercomputers in industrial research.
For the past seventeen years, Cliff has been a faculty member and administrator in the College of Business. After teaching for two years, he was appointed Associate Dean of Undergraduate Programs and Academic Affairs. As Associate Dean, Cliff contributed to the College's SACS and AACSB reaccreditation efforts, the naming of the Landon Undergraduate School of Business, and the creation of the new College of Business Complex. He participated in the growth of the College's size and reputation and was the principal architect of several important initiatives including the College's Assurance of Learning Initiative, the Sunrise Professional BBA Program, the creation of the Society of Human Resources and Beta Gamma Sigma Society student chapters, and taught several graduate and undergraduate courses.
After serving as Associate Dean for ten years, Cliff rejoined the M&IB Department. He subsequently created and delivered new graduate and undergraduate courses, initiated the hybrid modality in the College's Professional BBA curriculum, and co-designed a Corporate sponsored executive education program. He received numerous exemplary teaching awards for both graduate and undergraduate teaching, and contributed to the College's global branding by completing international graduate and undergraduate teaching assignments in Bolivia, Dominican Republic, and Jamaica, and teaching and co-supervising student study abroad programs in several European countries.
Cliff has been actively engaged in intellectual contributions on pedagogy. He has presented at faculty workshops on improving teaching and learning quality, and on teaching effectiveness techniques at university and professional conferences. His research includes a published refereed journal article, unpublished works, and a business case published as a graduate level textbook chapter. In addition, Cliff received a Congressional Award as researcher and principal investigator to improve undergraduate pedagogy using information technology.
Cliff's service contributions involve process leadership for strategic planning workshops for the National Public Radio, the Wolfsonian-FIU, the International Forensic Research Institute, and the University's Program in the Study of Spirituality. He served as faculty advisor to the Phoenix Investment Club, the Student Chapter of SHRM, and the Beta Gamma Sigma Society. Cliff has served on several university committees, including the Faculty Senate, the Faculty Steering Committee, the Academic Policy and Personnel Committee, the Program for the Study of Spirituality Board of Directors, and the recent CBA Dean Search Committee. He also served as Chair of several M&IB Department committees including the Assurance of Learning Committee (five years), the Core Course Coordinator Committee, and the Senior Student Exit Committee.
Corporate Planning; Human Resource Management; Management and Organizational Theory Mathematics; Organizational Behavior; Organizational Strategy; Organizational Theory; Systems Theory