After nearly a year as the Assistant Director of Athletics for Academics, Amy Perkins was promoted to Associate Athletic Director for Academics at the University of South Florida. She continued her move up the ranks of the USF administration when she was named Senior Woman Administrator in July, 2008.
Perkins serves as a member of the department's senior management team and is responsible for the coordination and supervision of the Academic Enrichment Program (AEP).
In her new role as SWA, Perkins will oversee the day-to-day needs for the volleyball program, as well as continue in her lead role with academics and equity.
In her time at USF, Perkins assisted in the supervision of the AEP for all USF sports programs. Through the AEP, Perkins provided services that assist student-athletes in achieving satisfactory progress toward graduation, including tutoring, advising and mentoring.
Perkins served as a liaison for academic and student development matters to multiple departments across campus and coordinated the admissions process and eligibility certification with the compliance office.
Among numerous achievements with USF, Perkins has developed a comprehensive system of student-athlete monitoring to ensure compliance with all USF, BIG EAST and NCAA regulations related to eligibility.
Prior to her arrival at USF in October of 2005, Perkins served as an assistant commissioner at the BIG EAST Conference office, where she had oversight responsibility for all compliance operations. While in Providence, Perkins assisted in forming the BIG EAST Conference APR position and aided in all facets of regulatory and governance project management for the conference. Perkins also conducted university system audits and presented those reports to CEOs and athletics directors.
In 2002 Perkins began a two-year stint with the NCAA as an assistant director of membership services. While in this position, Perkins was named one of the first NCAA liaisons to the National Association of Academic Advisors for Athletics and authored the academic advising white paper to assist the membership in framing issues related to academic advising.
Preceding her time with the NCAA, Perkins was an assistant commissioner with the Big South Conference in Charlotte, N.C. Her main duties were the oversight for all governance and compliance operations of the conference and acting as the primary administrator for track, cross country, softball and volleyball.
Before heading to North Carolina, Perkins worked at American International College in Springfield, Mass. Her responsibilities there included assistant athletic director, legal consultant to the president and volleyball coach. Perkins developed and implemented a comprehensive 16-sport compliance program that included interpretive and academic support for student-athletes and staff, rules education and eligibility certification.
Perkins earned her bachelor's degree from the University of Central Florida prior to her Juris doctorate from St. Thomas University in Miami, Fla.