Lenus Perkins – A Liberian Environmental Executive Gets Top Post on University Board in Alabama

Birmingham, Alabama USA

The Governor of the U.S. State of Alabama Ms. Kay Ivey recently appointed three new members to the University of South Alabama Board of Trustees.

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

Alabama Governor Kay Ivey

According to statement issued on September 29, 2017 by the University, the new appointments include Mr. Lenus M. Perkins, a resident of Birmingham and Program Director at Bhate Environmental Associates.

Mr. Perkins, born in Liberia, West Africa, matriculated at the University of South Alabama following acceptance as an international student and graduated from the College of Engineering in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering. He began his career as a staff engineer at Thompson Engineering in Mobile before joining Bhate Environmental Associates in 1992.

Board Member Lenus Perkins

Board Member Mr. Lenus Perkins

As Director of Programs for Bhate, he is the direct report for all federal and commercial program managers, responsible for domestic and overseas environmental remediation, demolition, fuels, compliance, and construction contracts with capacity totaling more than $5 billion. Perkins’ 26 years of environmental consulting include more than 20 years of project and program management experience in environmental, remediation, fuel storage tank system closures, removal, installation, repairs and upgrades, remedial investigations, remedial/corrective plan development, system installation/construction, site restoration and cleanup, compliance, pollution prevention, and other investigations and remedial activities under various federal and state regulatory programs.

Perkins has received the Patriot Award from the Office of the Secretary of Defense Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve for his contribution to national security and protecting liberty and freedom by supporting employee participation in America’s National Guard and Reserve Force.

He is on the executive committee of the Bong Education Center Alumni Association, which serves to meet the needs of students in Liberia, West Africa; a board member of the Birmingham Zoning Board of Adjustment; a member of the Highlands School Foundation board of trustees; and a member of the board of directors of Navigate Affordable Housing Partners in Birmingham.

University of South Alabama Logo

University of South Alabama Logo

In this prestigious and high profile position, Perkins is the first Liberian to serve as a member of the Board of Trustees of the University of South Alabama. His appointment became effective on October 1, 2017.

By Emmanuel Abalo

West African Journal Magazine