The Simon Perry Center for Constitutional Democracy was launched in 2011. The Center honors the impact of Dr. Simon D. Perry, the longest-serving faculty member in the history of Marshall University. Dr. Perry was a much-beloved professor whose profound teaching changed thousands of lives. The Center focuses on how the U.S. Constitution and its application have been shaped by individuals in American history, as well as by various social, economic, and cultural forces. It approaches this mission academically and through various civic outreach efforts.

The Simon Perry Center comprises an interdisciplinary academic program with a minor in Constitutional Democracy that includes courses in political science, history, philosophy, English, and sociology. It also sponsors the Amicus Curiae Lecture Series on Constitutional Democracy, which brings noted scholars from throughout the country to campus to lecture on issues central to the Constitution, law, history, politics, and governance.

The Simon Perry Center also serves as the primary campus-wide resource for pre-law advising of students who wish to attend law school.

Simon Perry believed that vigorous civic education is vital to a healthy democracy. His courses and mission continue through the work of the center established to honor him, which every day pursues his goal of bettering our world through education and outreach.

Contact the Simon Perry Center at 304-696-2801 or patricia.proctor@marshall.edu




Patricia Proctor, J.D.
Founding Director
Old Main, Room 314