CHARLESTON -- A former Eastern Illinois University president has been elected to his first term on the Park University Board of Trustees, according to a press release.

After a little over a year in retirement from Eastern, Bill Perry, who spent eight years of his 44-year career in higher education as EIU president and professor of mathematics, has joined the Park board effective July 1.

"After retiring from EIU, I was asked if I was interested in serving Park as a trustee," Perry said. "I am indebted to Park for a great undergraduate liberal arts education and so I welcomed the opportunity to serve my alma mater in that way."

Perry earned a bachelor of arts degree in history and mathematics from Park University in 1967.

According to a press release, he was a faculty member at Texas A&M University for 36 years in the department of mathematics.

During his final 17 years at Texas A&M, Perry served in various positions within the office of the provost, including terms as dean of faculties and associate provost, executive associate provost and vice provost.

“Perry was selected to serve as a board of trustee for Park University because of previous experience as a president of a university, (and) his wealth of knowledge on the higher education environment played critical roles into his selection,” said Michael Collins, Park board chair. “ Additionally, given Dr. Perry is an alum of Park University, we believe he will add additional value to the organization."