Gary W. Perry, Ph.D.
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs

Professor of Neuroscience


Biography: (full cv)

In May 2014, Dr. Perry was appointed Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs having served for nine months as interim provost at FAU. In this role, Dr. Perry serves as Chief Academic Officer for the University and leads the Division of Academic Affairs, directing the development and delivery of all academic programs at FAU while overseeing the division’s budget and personnel. The Division of Academic Affairs comprises FAU’s 10 colleges that deliver more than 180 degree programs at the Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctoral levels. Related areas, such as the University Registrar, the University Libraries, the Lifelong Learning Society, Enrollment Management, Admissions, Financial Aid, Institutional Effectiveness and Analysis, and the Office of Information Technology also come under the division’s umbrella.

Dr.  Perry joined the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences and the Department of Psychology at Florida Atlantic University in 1989, where he is a tenured Professor of Neuroscience. He is also jointly appointed in the Department of Biological Sciences and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine; and is a member of the Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology.

Dr. Perry has taught extensively in the graduate and undergraduate programs at FAU. His principal area of teaching is neuroscience and he has been involved in the development of several interdisciplinary graduate programs, initially the PhD program in Complex Systems and Brain Sciences, and most recently the joint graduate PhD program in Integrative Biology and Neuroscience with the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience. He has published numerous articles in his area of research interest that includes an understanding of molecular and cellular mechanisms controlling growth and development of nervous systems. These interests have also led him to explore the role of specific neural genes in cancer and the physiology of the Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS). To support his research program, Dr. Perry has received significant research funding, principally from the NIH. He has served on national review panels of the NIH and NSF, and reviews for scientific journals in his field. More recently, Dr. Perry has developed an interest in the new area of Educational Neuroscience, specifically brain-based learning and its applications to online education.

Dr. Perry served as dean of the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science from June 1, 2006 until June 30, 2013. As dean, he served as the chief executive and administrative officer of the College who provided leadership and vision for the College, administered the affairs of the College, and served as liaison between college faculty and the Office of Academic Affairs. During his time as dean, enrollment in science programs increased significantly and the college grew to become FAU’s second largest college, graduating its largest class of undergraduates and graduates in 2012-13. Additionally, with approval of the PhD in Geosciences in 2009 the College became a fully doctoral college offering more PhD programs than any other college at FAU, and currently graduates the highest number of PhD’s each year at the university; research productivity also increased, peaking in 2011 with ~$15 million in research grants awarded with ~$8-10 million in annual research expenditures.

Previously, Dr. Perry had served as Dean for Graduate Studies (Interim) at FAU (2005-2006). In this role, he provided leadership in establishing the appropriate organizational structure and operational procedures necessary to enhance graduate education at FAU. This included graduate admissions, enrollment and progression, financial support, and graduate programs and policies, while formalizing a University Graduate Council and a University Graduate Faculty at FAU.

Dr. Perry also served as Senior Associate Dean for Research and Graduate Studies in the College (1999-2005), In this role, Dr. Perry provided oversight of research programs that grew from $3.2 million to $8.5 million in external research funding; he had oversight of the design and construction of new science facilities at a cost of over $50 million (which he continued as dean); and he was also responsible for the implementation of several new graduate programs at FAU, these included the PhD programs in Chemistry and in Integrative Biology, and the MS programs in Statistics and Applied Mathematics and in Biomedical Science. He also worked to implement accelerated Masters' programs, such as the BS/MS program in Biotechnology offered through FAU’s Center for Molecular Biology and Biotechnology. This latter program constituted part of a workforce development initiative begun with Workforce Alliance Inc. of Florida and the Workforce Development Board of the Treasure Coast, Florida to retrain IT workers in biotechnology/biosciences, and funded through a $2.3 million grant from the U.S. Department of Labor.

Dr. Perry also served as Acting Director of the Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences (1997-1998) and Acting Associate Dean and Chair for the Biomedical Science program (1998-1999). In this latter role, Dr. Perry was involved in the initial development of the Program for Quality Medical Education, a partnership between FAU and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine in Miami, Florida. This program began as a 2+2 program to train additional physicians in Southeast Florida and in 2010 became the independent Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine at FAU.

Dr. Perry has made significant contributions to help establish Southeast Florida as a new Life Science Hub in the US, including work on cooperative agreements between FAU and The Scripps Research Institute - Scripps Florida and the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience, both located in Jupiter, FL; and the Torrey Pines Institute for Molecular Studies and the Vaccine and Gene therapy Institute, both located in Port St. Lucie, FL. He was a founding member of the South Florida Bioscience Consortium, now incorporated as part of BioFlorida.

Dr. Perry was educated at Purford Green School and Brays Grove School in Harlow, Essex in England, where he served as Head Boy (1968-69), and is a graduate of the University of London (B.Sc., 1973) and the University of Manchester (M.Sc., 1975 & Ph.D., 1977) in the UK. He previously held research faculty appointments at the Weill Medical College of Cornell University, New York, NY (1981-1984) and the University of Miami’s Miller School of Medicine, Miami, FL (1984-1989) before joining FAU in 1989.




University of London, U.K., 1973


University of Manchester, U.K., 1975


University of Manchester, U.K., 1977

Research Interests:

  • Molecular and cellular mechanisms regulating cell growth during neural development, regeneration, plasticity and neo-plasticity; and SIDS.
  • Educational Neuroscience: Brain-Based Learning.

Publications: (full list)


  • H.F. Krous, E.A. Haas, A.E. Chadwick, H. Masoumi, C. Stanley, and G.W. Perry.  Hemoglobin F in sudden infant death syndrome: a San Diego SIDS/SUDC Research Project report. Journal of Forensic and Legal Medicine. 14(8): 456-460 (2007).
  • M. Aleman, M.P. DeYoung, M. Tress, P. Keating. G.W. Perry, and R.  Narayanan. Inhibition of Single Minded 2 gene expression mediates tumor-selective apoptosis and differentiation in human colon cancer cells. Proceedings of the National Academy of Science (USA), 102: 12765-12770 (2005).


Contact Information:

Office of the Provost                                                 Center for Complex Systems and Brain Sciences

Florida Atlantic University                                       & Department of Psychology                                 

Williams Administration Building                           Charles E. Schmidt College of Science

Florida Atlantic University                                       Florida Atlantic University

777 Glades Road                                                       777 Glades Road

Boca Raton, FL 33431, USA                                    Boca Raton, FL 33431                     

Phone: 561-297-3062                                                 Phone: 561-297-2230

Fax:     561-297-3942                                                 Fax: 561-297-3634
email:                                           email:

Link to Charles E. Schmidt College of Science