Director, Tatkon Center for New Students
Joining in 2022, Kevin Perry has over nine years of experience in student affairs, the last five years in first-year experience and orientation. Prior to Cornell, Kevin served as the inaugural Associate Director of New Student and Transition Programs at Ithaca College, where he led the transition of the college's Orientation program from several summer sessions to a single fall session. Kevin is an active member of the NODA professional organization (Association for Orientation, Transition, & Retention) and serving on the Regional Leadership Team, the Co-Host for the 2023 Regional Conference, and the Co-Chair of the Highly Selective Institutions Network. He attended The State University of New York, Brockport where he earned a B.A. in English and Political Science, and went on to earn an M. Ed in Higher Education Administration from The State University of New York at Stony Brook.
When not working, Kevin likes to spend his time with his dog Cocoa, a 10 year old lab-pointer. He enjoys cooking and whenever possible, spending his time outdoors; camping, kayaking, and can often be seen biking the Ithaca waterfront trail. Kevin is excited about building strong relationships with students, staff, and faculty and providing strategic direction as we work to align the first-year and orientation programming under the Tatkon Center for New Students.