Staff Senate Taps Erek Perry for Outstanding Supervisor Award

Posted: October 22, 2008 at 1:00 am, Last Updated: November 30, -0001 at 12:00 am

By Nick Walker

Erek Perry
Erek Perry

Between advising students, teaching a course, helping university scholars organize campuswide events and developing the new Intellectual Journeys program, Erek Perry took a brief pause from his busy schedule to accept this year’s Outstanding Supervisor Award on Oct. 21.

The award is given by Mason’s Staff Senate; nominees are recommended by their subordinates.

“First I was surprised, then I was humbled at the same time,” says Perry, director of Mason’s University Scholars Program. “I want to congratulate the other nominees who are providing fine leadership around the university as well. I would also like to thank the Staff Senate and my wonderful, committed and hard-working staff.”

The University Scholars Program is the university’s most distinguished and competitive merit-based scholarship program. Perry has served as director since June 2004.

“What I really appreciate about Mason is the vision and mission the Board of Visitors, President Merten and Provost Stearns have laid out. It certainly makes my work very exciting,” Perry says.

Perry was nominated by members of the University Scholars staff, including Erica Hernandez, an administrative assistant.

“One of the perks of working with Director Perry is that if you need something and talk to him about it, he will make the best effort to get it for you,” says Hernandez, who has worked for University Scholars for four years. “At the office we also know that if at any point we need help, are overwhelmed, or we need for Director Perry to do something, he will listen and will take care of it.”

When he’s not at Mason, Perry spends time with his children, two sons and two daughters.

“My boys have gotten into sports; their favorite is basketball,” Perry says. “My oldest son is taking photography and is planning to join the newspaper club. My youngest son is having a great time learning to play the saxophone, and my oldest daughter is very talented at drawing. I’m trying to locate an art studio for her. My youngest daughter is interested in ballet.”

Recently, Perry introduced his children to one of his favorite hobbies.

“I love fishing. When the weather is good and the fish are biting, I want to give the kids a little action, so we go out when we think catching a fish is most likely – usually at Burke Lake,” Perry says.

“If I recall correctly, around late October fishing should be pretty good. Next stop for the boys and girls is to teach them how to use lures. Initially I introduced them to live bait, so we’ll see how they catch on.”

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