George Washington University Associate Athletic Director Dom Perno Announces Retirement
Perno Led GW's Athletic Development Efforts for Past 13 Years
June 17, 2011
WASHINGTON, D.C. - George Washington University Associate Athletic Director for Development Dom Perno has announced his retirement effective June 30. His retirement comes after 13 years of leading development efforts for the Department of Athletics.
"Dom has represented the Department of Athletics and the George Washington University with class and dignity. He has been a good friend and a trusted advisor who will be greatly missed. On behalf of the Department of Athletics, I thank him for his dedicated service and wish him well as he begins a new chapter," said Jack Kvancz, GW Director of Athletics.
Hired by GW as Assistant Athletic Director in November 1997 and promoted to Associate AD in 2006, Perno oversaw the Colonials' fundraising and marketing efforts. He helped boost fundraising for the department and increase season ticket sales by directing the formation of the Colonials Athletics Club, growing the membership of the Athletic Director's Club and the Colonials Club, and spearheading the annual golf tournament, black tie galas, and other fundraising events and initiatives.
"I have loved working at GW and will always treasure the many relationships forged with outstanding alumni and our excellent student-athletes. I have been fortunate to serve under two remarkable presidents, Stephen Joel Trachtenberg and Steven Knapp and an exceptional friend and university leader in Bob Chernak. I want to particularly thank Jack Kvancz and Mary Jo Warner for their friendship over these many years. I would also like to extend my appreciation to Jason Wilson and Andre Julien for their unfailing support. I will miss everyone dearly," said Dom Perno.
Recognized for building strong relationships with alumni and supporters of GW athletics, he has served in many ways as an ambassador for GW athletics and the university.
"Dom has endeared himself to the GW athletics community; including student-athletes, staff and coaches, Colonial's supporters, corporate partners and alumni. His smile and friendly disposition will be missed by all," said Mary Jo Warner, Senior Associate Director of Athletics.
Prior to joining the GW staff, Mr. Perno was Vice President for Sales and Marketing at the Roland Dumont Group, Inc., in Bristol, Conn. A graduate of the University of Connecticut, he spent 18 years involved with the basketball program as a player, assistant coach and head coach. He was instrumental in elevating the stature of the Huskies' program with the inception of the Big East Conference. During his tenure at UConn, his teams registered three consecutive 20-win seasons and compiled a record of 139-114 (.549) in his nine seasons as head coach. Under Perno, the Huskies posted both NCAA Tournament and NIT appearances. Perno also worked as a television broadcaster, serving as a color analyst for the Big East Conference Television Network, guest analyst for Hartford's WFSB-TV during the NCAA Tournament, and as color analyst for ESPN's international broadcast of the National Basketball Association.