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Carol Perrin Named Director of Residential Life 

ALBANY, N.Y. (January 14, 2016) – Vice President for Student Affairs Michael Christakis announces the appointment of Carol Perrin as director of Residential Life, effective immediately.

Perrin replaces Laurie Garafola, assistant vice president for student affairs, who served in the role for 20 years, and who now supervises the areas of Residential Life, Community Standards, Campus Center management and new student programs.

“I have every confidence that Carol will provide the visionary leadership required to advance the important work of Residential Life in positively contributing to our students’ experience. And I thank Laurie, who has provided invaluable guidance as director of Residential Life since 1995. Her tireless efforts on behalf of our students have left a lasting imprint on the quality and caliber of the University’s residential program,” said Christakis.

Carol Perrin

Carol Perrin, who has been named director of Residential Life, was a 2015 recipient of the President's Award for Excellence in Professional Service. (Photo by Mark Schmidt)  

Perrin was chosen following a search that brought four finalists to campus.

A two-time graduate of the University at Albany, Perrin has been a member of the University staff since 1985, having served in various roles in Residential Life including quad coordinator, parent liaison, as well as overseeing the department’s programming efforts and facilities and operations.

Prior to returning to Residential Life in 2000, she served as the assistant director for business and administration for the University’s Facilities Management Department. Most recently as senior associate director of residential life, she has provided leadership for all the administrative functions of the department, and was instrumental in the design and construction of Empire Commons and Liberty Terrace.

Perrin was awarded the 2015 President’s Award for Excellence in Professional Service. She is a two-time recipient of the award for outstanding service to students with disabilities. She serves on the boards of the University at Albany Alumni Association and the Campus Children’s Center. In addition, she is a member of Omicron Delta Kappa national leadership honor society, and a Friends of Jaclyn volunteer and adviser.

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