James J. Perrino Appointed Vice President for Finance/Chief Financial Officer at Manhattan College

Perrino brings 40 years of experience to the position.

Manhattan College has appointed James J. Perrino as vice president for finance/chief financial officer effective July 26, 2023. Perrino comes to the College from Adelphi University, where he has served as executive vice president of finance and operations since 2017. Previously, he was a partner at the firm of CohnReznick, where he managed their not-for-profit and education industry practice. James Perrino

Earlier in his career, he was a founding partner of the Perrino Consulting Group, where he led a firm that specialized in not-for-profit and higher education organizations until its merger with CohnReznick in 2012. Previously, Perrino was senior vice president for finance administration at St. John’s University in Queens, where he managed business affairs, facilities management, enrollment management and internal audit. He began his career at KPMG, where he worked for 22 years, ultimately becoming a partner in the consulting and audit departments. 

“We are thrilled to welcome James Perrino to Manhattan College,” said Milo Riverso ’81, Ph.D., P.E., president. “He is a highly accomplished financial executive with a proven track record of success. His deep experience in higher education finance, as well as his strong leadership and strategic skills, will be invaluable as we continue to grow and evolve through these challenging times.” 

In his new role, Perrino will be responsible for the leadership and management of  all aspects of the College’s financial operations, including budgeting, accounting, investment practices, and auditing.  He will also play a key role in the College’s strategic planning process.

During his six years at Adelphi, he was responsible for setting the strategic direction and actively managed operations for finance, human resources, facilities, project management and information technology. Perrino’s accomplishments included managing a $220 million budget, achieving annual surpluses in fiscal years 2018-2021, and oversaw the completion of a $60 million renovation of the campus university center. 

"I am so excited to be joining the Manhattan College leadership team as its next Vice President of Finance,” said Perrino “I look forward to meeting the community and leveraging my past experience to help the College have the necessary resources to achieve its mission and vision. I look forward to being part of the journey to position the College for continued success and growth."

Perrino is a graduate of Boston University, where he earned a bachelor of business administration with a concentration in accounting. He holds a CPA in both New York and New Jersey and was the 2021 honoree as Long Island Business News financial administrator of the year.

By David Koeppel