Distinguished Alumnus Fred Perpall (’98 MArch, ’96 BS, Architecture) has been nominated as the U.S. Golf Association’s (USGA) president-elect. In 2023, he will become the first Black president since the USGA began in 1894.
After UTA, Perpall graduated from Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program. As CEO of The Beck Group, he leads the firm’s domestic and international architectural design, planning, real estate consultancy, and construction businesses. As a design professional, Perpall helped with the implementation of Trinity Forest golf course, which connected him to the USGA.
“I’m proud of what it means for African Americans and all minorities within leadership roles in the game,” he says. “I appreciate my ability to bring a diverse perspective and hope this sends a message to anyone interested in golf that there is room here for them.”
Perpall notes that his relationships, the service, and his love and passion for golf allow him to play this role, “not the color of my skin.”
“Golf has let me learn from other leaders, develop deep friendships and relationships, and contribute not only to the game, but to my community and to the lives of others,” he says. “I hope others can learn from my journey and be inspired to join our wonderful game and amazing community.”