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Rick Perkins
Rick Perkins
Adjunct Instructor, Arts Administration & Museum Leadership



Rick Perkins has been teaching Financial Accounting for Nonprofit Arts Organizations at Drexel since January 2018. His online course is a central course for all cultural management students.  He strives to make financial management understandable and interesting for students with varying levels of experience in finance. His goal is to make sure that future leaders of arts and culture organizations have the financial literacy needed to meet the challenges of their jobs.


Rick retired in 2014 after a 44-year career in financial management. His final job, from 2003-2014, was as chief financial officer of the Kimmel Center for the Performing Arts, the centerpiece of the performing arts in Philadelphia. In this role he developed expertise in nonprofit accounting and financial management. This also gave him a chance to finish out his career in a job which allowed him to combine his financial skills and his love of music.  


Earlier in his career he was the chief financial officer of 4 for-profit  companies over the prior 20 years.


Rick attended the University of Massachusetts on a basketball scholarship and graduated with a bachelor of arts degree.   He then attended the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania from which he earned an MBA in finance and accounting. He is also a certified public accountant.  After graduation, he served two years as a lieutenant in the U.S. Army Signal  Corps.  


Rick and his wife Shirley have been married for 49 years and have two sons and four grandchildren. In addition to teaching, he spends much of his time working out, playing the piano, reading, traveling, and using technology. He is president of CFO/Arts, an organization of the CFO's of the major U.S. performing arts organizations, and is on the steering committee of the Wharton Graduate Emeritus Society.