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Mr. Jonathan Peri, Esq.
Vice President and General Counsel

Jonathan Peri, Esq. has served full time with Neumann University since 2006.  In his capacity as Vice President and General Counsel, Peri oversees a wide range of legal, administrative, and strategic matters for the University.  Notably, he had a major role in coordinating the University’s successful application to the Pennsylvania Department of Education, elevating the institution’s status from College to University. Peri also initiated the institution’s enterprise risk management processes, and he has helped the university to form and maintain numerous valuable relationships.


Upon the achievement of a significant state grant, Peri was selected to lead in the establishment and to serve as the Director of the University’s Center for Community Leadership Development and Entrepreneurship. The Center is an educational forum where high profile speakers present to and prepare emerging community leaders to make positive, values-driven decisions and to gain awareness of leadership pitfalls.


In October 2010, Peri was appointed to the Pennsylvania State Board of Education by Governor Edward G. Rendell upon the recommendation of Senate Majority Leader Dominic F. Pileggi and Senator Edwin B. Erickson.  Peri’s appointment confirmation received full bi-partisan support in the Pennsylvania Senate. Peri is serving a six-year term on the Board and its Council of Higher Education. In May 2011, Peri was further advanced on that board to serve as Chairman of its School and University Safety Committee.


In March of 2009 Peri was appointed by the President Pro Tempore of the Pennsylvania Senate, Joe Scarnati, to the Tuition Account Program Advisory Board which gathers relative to $2.35 Billion* worth of investments in Pennsylvania’s 529 College Savings Program, which includes the Guaranteed Savings Plan and the Investment Plan.


Peri is faculty ranked as an Assistant Professor.  Prior to his full time appointment at Neumann, Peri was an Adjunct Professor with Neumann and he has served as an adjunct faculty member at other institutions of higher education. As an attorney, Peri has held several positions with the Delaware County District Attorney’s Office in Media, Pennsylvania, including the position of Special Prosecutor in the Special Prosecutions Unit where he conducted confidential grand jury proceedings. He was also a spokesperson for that office.  Peri has held Associate positions at the large firm of Saul Ewing LLP in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and in small and midsized law firms in Long Island and Manhattan.


Peri earned his Bachelor of Arts degree from Villanova University and his Juris Doctorate from Widener University at its Wilmington, Delaware campus.  He has also received a management and leadership in education certificate from Harvard University and has attended the leadership Institute for Administrators in Catholic Higher Education at Boston College.  Currently, Peri is working through Eastern University’s  Ph.D. program in Organizational Leadership, and he has selected the Education concentration.


Peri has received numerous accolades and holds leadership roles on several non-profit boards.  He currently serves as the Vice President of the Delaware County Bar Association and holds the Chairmanships of its Corporate Counsel, Labor and Employment, and Law Day Committees.  He is Vice President of the Board of Trustees of The Walden School, a private Montessori grammar school and is Chairman of its Strategic Planning and Trustee Committees; is Chairman of the Widener University School of Law Delaware County Chapter of the Alumni Board of Directors; Board Secretary of Drexel Neumann Academy, a private Catholic grammar school; Finance Committee member of the Chester Higher Education Council, a diverse multi-university collaborative that assists high school students with college access; Member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys “NACUANOTES” Editorial Board; Member of the Middle States Commission on Higher Education Substantive Change Committee; and is Past Board President of the Upper Darby Community Outreach Corporation. Additionally, in August of 2009 Peri was named a Top Lawyer in Main Line Today Magazine.  In December 2008, Peri was selected for inclusion in the magazine Pennsylvania Super Lawyers® – Rising Stars EditionPeri has published several articles, and has given lectures on legal issues in primary/secondary and higher education.


Peri is currently a member of the National Association of College and University Attorneys; Delaware County Bar Association; Pennsylvania Bar Association; American Bar Association; and Association of Corporate Counsel.  He is also a Pennsylvania licensed Associate Real Estate Broker and Pennsylvania Notary, and member of the Pennsylvania Association of Realtors, and Pennsylvania Association of Notaries.  Peri is admitted to practice law before the United States Supreme Court, the courts of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, the Federal Eastern District of Pennsylvania, New York and the District of Columbia.


* Approximate as of June 2011.

 

Megan Goslee Salladino
Paralegal Assistant

Ms. Salladino joined the General Counsel's Office in February, 2008, from Widener University where she was the Administrative Assistant to the CIO of the Information Technology Services Department for five years. She earned her bachelor's degree in Paralegal Studies, as well as paralegal certifications in Litigation, Corporate Law and Criminal Law from Widener University. Ms. Salladino is currently a member of the National Federation of Paralegal Associations, National Association of Legal Assistants, and the Philadelphia Association of Paralegals.

 

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