ATLANTA (Jan. 27, 2014)– Clark Atlanta University (CAU) officials announced today that James Perkins, Ph.D., has been named vice president for Research and Sponsored Programs and tenured professor of chemistry. Perkins comes to CAU with more than four decades of experience in the field of higher education and research.
CAU Provost James A. Hefner, Ph.D., said, “We are confident that Dr. Perkins’ extensive knowledge and experience in research administration and working with funding sources, public and private, will serve CAU well. He will pursue opportunities for interdisciplinary research leading to the discovery of new knowledge, business incubations, patents, technology transfer, and community outreach to support faculty and student excellence.”
For the past seven years, Perkins has served as the director of the National Institutes of Health (NIH)-sponsored Research Centers in Minority Institutions (RCMI) Translational Research Network Data and Technology Coordinating Center at Jackson State University (JSU). He is the architect and founding dean of the School of Science and Technology at JSU.
During his long tenure at JSU, Perkins played a key role in building the infrastructure to support research and academic programs, not only at JSU, but also at majority and other minority institutions. He has been successful in obtaining external support for numerous research, educational, training, development and infrastructure support projects. He has directed NIH and NSF programs focused on increasing the number and quality of students from underserved backgrounds entering the Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) pipeline and successfully completing doctoral degrees in biomedical and other STEM areas.
Perkins was instrumental in creating a multimedia program/product to supplement science teaching in K-12 schools. The product was placed in hundreds of schools across the United States and internationally, and provided training to thousands of teachers in its effective use.
During his career, he has personally obtained and managed more than $30 million in grants and contracts. Additionally, he has managed more than $130 million to support research and other activities throughout his research, academic and corporate positions.
Perkins holds a bachelor’s degree in chemistry from Slippery Rock State College and a doctorate degree from the University of Pittsburgh. He is a member of the American Chemical Society (ACS) and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Perkins is married to Freda Lockhart Perkins, and they live in Decatur, Ga., with their two sons, Jonathan and Donald.