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James Perley, Former AAUP President, Dies at 77

With sadness we note the death of James Perley, who served as AAUP president from 1994 to 1998. Perley died, in Maine, on March 30 at age 77.  A professor of biology, Perley taught at Wayne State University before moving on to a long career at the College of Wooster in Ohio.

While at the College of Wooster, he became involved in work with the local AAUP. He served eventually as chair of the Ohio AAUP conference and then as chair of the Assembly of State Conferences before being elected national president in 1994. Perley wrote that the accomplishments in his AAUP work of which he was most proud were the adoption of a policy which allows faculty to see references written anonymously by external reviewers and the establishment of a committee to address the concerns of gay, lesbian, bisexual, transgender, and queer faculty. See an obituary in the Portland Press Herald

Publication Date: 
Tuesday, April 5, 2016