Phillip Perry

New York, New York

Distance education led to his first published novel

During his career, journalist Phillip M. Perry has written extensively about business management, workplace psychology and employment law. Longing to expand his writing into the field of humanities, and unable to travel beyond New York City, he applied for the Doctor of Arts distance education program at Harrison Middleton University.

Dr. Perry incorporated the knowledge gained from the university's Great Books program into his capstone project, a novel which explores the creative process by expanding on the writings of such diverse authors as Honoré de Balzac, John Locke, and Virginia Woolf. Phillip credits the critical thinking skills gained from his Harrison Middleton studies for the success of this novel, which is scheduled for publication in the fall of 2017 under the author's pen name of Walter Idlewild.

Dr. Perry is also active in several literary organizations, including the Association of Literary Scholars, Critics and Writers. The rigorous Harrison Middleton program, from which Phillip graduated with a 4.0 grade point average, also helped him hone his journalistic and business writing skills. The American Bar Association honored him with two "Value to the Reader Awards" for his published work. His syndicated business management column appears in scores of trade magazines. Dr. Perry is an elected member of the Delta Epsilon Tau Honor Society.

"The demanding pedagogy of Harrison Middleton University has made a profound impact on my life. The university's Doctor of Arts program, with its emphasis on the Great Books of the Western World, allowed me to bring to fruition my dreams of writing a novel."

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