Executive Director, Knight Commission
National Advisory Board
As executive director of the Knight Commission on Intercollegiate Athletics, Perko is a recognized leader in college sports issues. She received the NCAA’s prestigious Silver Anniversary Award in 2012, given to six former college athletes to recognize their civic and professional contributions on the occasion of their 25th college graduation anniversary.
A graduate of Wake Forest University, Perko was a three-time Academic All-America and an All-ACC basketball player. She graduated Phi Beta Kappa and summa cum laude in 1987 with a degree in history. She is a member of the Wake Forest University Sports Hall of Fame and the national Co-SIDA Academic All-America Hall of Fame. An active member of the community, Perko serves on several civic boards and is a long-time volunteer youth basketball coach.