Olivet announces the official naming of the University’s newest student facility as the Douglas E. Perry Student Life and Recreation Center
. The motion was made to name the building in honor of Olivet’s vice president of finance during the Board of Trustees fall session, and was carried by unanimous vote. In response, Dr. John C. Bowling, University president, remarked that he was “enthusiastically supportive” of this action.
“It is not an overstatement to say that we would not have the Student Life and Recreation Center without Doug’s leadership,” said Dr. Bowling. “He was the first to catch the vision, and he did the initial research. It was Doug who identified and enlisted the architectural firm for the project and, perhaps most importantly, Doug created the financial plan to make it a reality.”
Measuring approximately 168,000 square feet — roughly two-and-a-half times the size of Ludwig Student Center — the Center opened on 12/12/12. Features include: an eight-lane, 200-meter running track with Mondo surface; two pools, including a 10-lane competition pool; a four-story rock climbing wall; a 72,000-square-foot field house with running track and four basketball courts; workout facilities; large game area; spacious central lounge; and several classrooms and offices.Dr. Douglas E. Perry
grew up on the Olivet campus because his father, Dr. Ralph Perry, was a professor for many years. His grandfather and uncle both served as Olivet presidents. Doug’s first job, at age 15, was with the buildings and grounds department, mowing grass and cleaning buildings. He attended Olivet and, after graduation, began a career as a mathematics teacher in the local school system.
Just a few years later, Olivet’s business manager offered Doug a position in the finance department working with student accounts. Doug accepted the position and began what has now become a 40-year career with Olivet. He became a certified public accountant and then earned the Executive MBA degree from the University of Illinois. He has been the chief financial officer for the University for the past 30 years.
“Doug is a quiet but very effective and efficient administrator whose service has contributed greatly to the growth and stability of the University,” said Dr. Bowling. “He has an entrepreneurial spirit and a deep, personal faith.”
Doug’s wife, Sheila, and their two children, John and Lauren, are all Olivet graduates.