Perkins of Lafayette, La., has been re-elected to serve a second
term as secretary of The University of Southern Mississippi Foundation
in Hattiesburg, Miss.
A 1952 music education graduate of Southern
Miss, Perkins and husband Dave own Specs Unlimited, a word processing/architectural
consulting firm. While she operates a word processing, secretarial
and court legal service, her husband is a consulting architect.
In 1999 she established the Edna and Dave Perkins
Endowed Scholarship in Strings and the Edna and Dave Perkins Endowed
Fund for Music Faculty Enhancement at The Foundation. She is a past
member of the Partners for the Arts at Southern Miss. Since 1963,
Perkins has been a member of Sigma Alpha Iota, an International
Music Fraternity for Women, where she has served as past president,
secretary and board member. She served on the board and executive
committee of the Acadiana Symphony Association and was a board member
of the Acadiana Symphony Foundation.
The USM Foundation operates under the direction
of a 39-member board of directors, who are all volunteers. Thirteen
new board members are selected each year, while 13 end their three-year
term. The USM Foundation is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) corporation that
serves as a fiduciary of private funds donated to Southern Miss,
which is the only dual-campus university in the state, with an enrollment
of more than 16,000 students.
They are the parents of two sons -- Layne, who
lives in Birmingham, Ala., and Scott, who is an architect in Atlanta,
Ga. -- and have two grandchildren.