BUCKHANNON — Mr. Jeffrey Perkins joined the Upshur County Schools family as Treasurer/School Business Official on July 1, 2020, when predecessor George Carver retired. Perkins graduated from Buckhannon-Upshur High School in 1979 and joined the military shortly after.
“I’m excited to work with the Board of Education in Upshur County. I really believe we’re on the cusp of some exciting changes and advancements. I’m excited to be a part of those changes as they take place,” Perkins said. “Just because of the nature of world events right now, we’ve had a large turnover in personnel, and I think I can bring a lot and add a lot of continuity, love and experience to the team they have in place.”
Perkins has an extensive background in the United States Military. He was a member of the West Virginia Army National Guard from 1980 to 2018, with 11 years as an enlisted soldier and 27 years as an officer. He took part in numerous assignments, such as two combat tours to Iraq. Perkins was a logistician by trade, serving for many areas, such as maintenance supply and food service. He culminated his career as Director of Logistics for the WVANG. He also worked several assignments at the United States Property and Fiscal Office in Buckhannon as the Budget Officer and Comptroller for 28 years.
Perkins received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Charleston and Master of Science degree from Mountain State University. He also became a Certified Total Quality Management Instructor and holds a Master Black Belt in the Lean Six Sigma. Throughout his military career, he has been awarded The Bronze Star, Combat Action Badge, Meritorious Service Medal, Global War on Terrorism Medal, Operation Iraqi Freedom Medal, Cold War Service Medal, Humanitarian Service Medal, five Army Commendation Medals, and several additional awards and citations for his domestic service and overseas.
“The military gave me a lot. With the military, I got my education, I’ve travelled around the world many times. I’ve lived in foreign countries. I’ve got my master’s degree and the black belt– they were all part of being in the military. I’ve had assignments all over the world, including the Pentagon, Europe and Asia. I would never have had those opportunities. I’m very grateful to have them,” Perkins explained.
He retired full-time from the West Virginia Army National Guard in 2016 as Lieutenant Colonel and began to work for the Boy Scouts of America as the Director of Operations at the Summit Bechtel Reserve in Glen Jean, W.Va. His responsibilities included Security, Safety Operations, Food Service, Medical and Transportation for the 2017 National Scout Jamboree and the 2019 World Scout Jamboree. In 2018, he officially retired from the military as a traditional Guardsman for the last two years. Perkins moved back to Buckhannon in 2018, where he and his wife, Vanessa, share four children and two grandchildren.
“I thought I was going to retire. I decided I really wasn’t ready to retire—there were only so many projects I could do around the house. This job became available and I thought I might have the credentials, so I applied for it. It’s been a great adventure thus far,” Perkins said.