Perry honored by NJIT, where she will be chair emerita of board of overseers

December 2022, Gina Lim, Kenneth Alexo, Leonard Kaplan, Marjorie A. Perry Theatre, Marjorie Perry, Robert Cohen, Teik Lim, WEC, Wellness and Events Center, dedication, event

The theater in the Wellness and Events Center at the New Jersey Institute of Technology recently was formally dedicated as the Marjorie A. Perry Theatre in recognition of Perry, an alumna, who is completing her second two-year term as chair of the school’s board of overseers.

Perry, who must step down as chair by rule, will become chair emerita on Jan. 1, 2023.

“I am truly overjoyed in the dedication of the Marjorie A. Perry Theatre,” she said. “Words cannot express my gratitude and deep appreciation for this wonderful recognition! Leveling up and making a difference.”

Marjorie Perry with New Jersey Institute of Technology Vice President for Development and Alumni Relations Ken Alexo.

Perry, the longtime CEO of MZM Construction, earned an MBA from NJIT’s Martin Tuchman School of Management in 2005, with a focus on finance and financial management services.

Her connection to the school has remained strong ever since.

Perry mentors students, particularly those interested in the construction industry, offering real-world advice and internships at MZM.

In 2018, she was elected chair of the NJIT board of overseers, becoming the first woman and African American to assume that leadership role.

During her tenure, the university created more than 125 new scholarships, added nearly $30 million in gifts toward its endowment and achieved new single-year records in overall gifts and pledges ($19.2 million in Fiscal Year 2021) and the rate of alumni giving (11% in FY22).

The 98-seat Marjorie A. Perry Theatre is a focal point of the WEC and hosts leadership-focused programs for NJIT’s more than 325 Division I student-athletes.

The naming occurred in 2018, and NJIT reaffirmed its appreciation with a dedication at the theater on Thursday.