After months of searching for and interviewing candidates, Ferris State officially introduced Perk Weisenburger as the new athletics director at a press conference on Sept. 15.
Weisennburger, a Central Michigan graduate and Michigan native, was officially introduced by Ferris State President David L. Eisler and Vice President for Administration and Finance Jerry Scoby. Weisenburger started his duties on Sept. 10 before being officially introduced.
“I’m sure you’ve heard the saying that the cream rises to the top,” said Scoby. “And through the process, that cream was Perk.”
After most recently serving as the Associate Athletics Director for External Operations at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas since 2005, Weisenburger replaces former Ferris Athletics Director Tom Kirinovic. Kirinovic retired in June following more than 27 years of serving the Ferris athletics department.
“When you listen to Perk and hear his knowledge and background in athletics, you get a feeling for the caliber of experiences that he has in his career,” said President Eisler. “The fact that he is from Michigan and he talked with me about his desire to live here and raise his kids here…that really creates the total package for us.”
Following a nationwide search that produced over 75 applicants and required a 10-member search committee, Weisenburger will oversee the operations of the Ferris athletics department, which is responsible for 15 varsity sports.
Each team participates at the Division II level and in the GLIAC conference, with men’s hockey being the lone program playing at the Division I level in the CCHA conference.
“I’m honored, quite honestly, to be here as the athletic director at Ferris State University,” said Weisenburger. “If the first three or four days I’ve had here are any indication of what Ferris State is exactly about, the people here have been wonderful starting with the search process and the professionalism was outstanding…I’m extremely impressed.”
Weisenburger said while he has spent the majority of his time on the job getting used to the campus and meeting people in the programs, he will continually put his time into growing and developing Bulldog athletics as it will be a constant work in progress.
“There are some very capable people in this athletic department and I’m convinced we’ve got great support,” said Weisenburger. “I just look forward to rolling up my sleeves and getting to work to instill a little more of a championship attitude at Ferris State.” n