Pro Vice-Chancellor, South Campus
Professor Geoff Perry started his business career running small businesses that related to another passion – cricket coaching. Running his own national and international economics consultancy followed, before and as he moved into roles as an academic and tertiary education leader.
Professor Perry’s affection for academia is clear when you count up the degrees – he started out with an undergraduate degree in History and Geography, then completed a Master’s in Geography and a Graduate Diploma in Teaching. And once he discovered a passion for Economics that led on to another three qualifications, including a PhD.
Completing his PhD in Economics set Professor Perry on the track of a rewarding career as a labour economist and researcher with interests including active labour market policies, efficiency in universities and return on investment in tertiary education.
Looking back at his most notable international consultancy work, Professor Perry points to assignments working on projects funded by the Osaka Chamber of Commerce, Ministry of Trade, Economy and Industry, Japan, the Asia Development Bank and the Thai Government.
Since moving into academia in 1992 Professor Perry has focused on research that matters, connections to industry and continuous improvement. Further, he has concentrated on exploring the development and future directions of business schools and universities and has integrated this knowledge into his leadership roles. In 2012 his contribution and impact as a leader was recognised with the Excellence in Business Leadership Award at the Westpac Auckland Central Business Awards. This is the first and to date only time an academic leader has won this business leadership award.
Professor Perry became the Head of AUT’s Economics Department in 1994, Associate Dean Development in the Business Faculty in 2002, and Dean of the Faculty of Business and Law in 2011. In 2010 he was responsible for AUT’s International Portfolio and his leadership responsibilities expanded in 2014 with the additional role of Pro Vice-Chancellor of AUT’s South Campus in Manukau.
Professor Perry acts as a mentor to business schools in India, Thailand and Japan and is a panel chair and member for the AACSB, the body that accredits business schools in USA, Taiwan, Korea, Singapore, Thailand, Australia and Hong Kong. He is also a member of the AACSB initial accreditation committee. He remains a fellow of the CPA and sits on the boards of the American Chamber of Commerce and the World Council and Assembly for Co -operative Education.