Larry D. Perkins, Ph.D. is currently the Associate Vice President, HR Talent and Diversity Organizations, University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center. He has more than 35 years’ experience in human resources, education, training and leadership development. Larry retired as a Colonel from the U.S. Army in 2001. He held numerous leadership positions in the Army including five years as the Director and Senior Instructor, Center for Enhanced Performance, U.S. Military Academy, and West Point, NY. Larry served as the Battalion Commander, 14th Transportation Battalion in support of Operation Joint Guardian, Operation Joint Forge and Operation Joint Endeavor in Italy, Bosnia, Croatia, and Hungary.
Upon retirement from the military in 2001, he joined the prestigious law firm Weil, Gotshal and Manges LLP in New York City where he held the position of Diversity Manager. In 2005 Larry moved to Houston, Texas as the Director, Organization Development for Dynegy. From 2007-2012 he held the position of Administrative Director, Organization Development and Clinical Education with Memorial Hermann-Texas Medical Center. Throughout his career he has had numerous leadership opportunities to lead talent acquisition teams and talent development strategies for every level of talent management.
Since 2012 his role includes strategic and operational responsibility for the executive and classified recruitment functions, employment branding, logistics, temp/contractor vendor management, leadership development, employee training, organization development and the office of institutional diversity at MD Anderson. Larry received his Bachelor of Science in Education from Kansas State University in 1978, Master of Education degree in Counseling from Boston University in 1986, and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Education with specialization in Training and Human Performance from Capella University in 2010.