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Chowan University Announces Dr. Kirk E. Peterson as 23rd President

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Kirk E. Peterson

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Monday, February 26, 2018

MURFREESBORO – The Board of Trustees of Chowan University has announced the selection of Kirk E. Peterson as the 23rd president of Chowan University. He will take office June 1, 2018.

“My family and I are thrilled to return to Murfreesboro and Chowan University,” Peterson said. “We are eager to become reacquainted with members of the Chowan community, faculty, and staff and to become acquainted with those members we have yet to meet. Our family is blessed beyond measure to serve a remarkable university, its talented faculty, its dedicated staff, and its most important constituents: the students.”

“Dr. Peterson’s academic credentials are impeccable,” stated Frank Rose, chairman of the Board of Trustees. “Dr. Peterson is no stranger to Chowan University, for he served as a faculty and staff member from 2004-2010. During these years, he served as the Chair of the Department of Health and Physical Education, as the founding Dean of the Graduate school, and as Associate Provost.”

Peterson earned the Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Tennessee in 2000, along with a Master of Science degree in education with a major in mental health counseling, and holds a second Master of Science degree in education with a major in sports psychology earned in 1996. In 1994, he received the Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology from University of Wisconsin-La-Crosse.

Peterson also has experience as senior vice president and interim president followed by president at Urbana University in Ohio. After facilitating a successful merger of Urbana, saving the university from absolute closure, Peterson became superintendent of two private schools in Ohio. His breadth of experience as both faculty and administrator in higher, secondary, and elementary education uniquely prepares him to lead Chowan University, according to officials.

M. Christopher White, the current Chowan University president, announced last fall he would transition to the role of Chancellor after thirty-two years as a university president. This transition will coordinate with Dr. Peterson’s arrival in June. This cooperative succession will allow White to assist Peterson, raise funds for important projects, and help raise the profile of the University.

“I commend the trustees on their wisdom in the selection process,” White said. “I highly commend the new president. If the past is the prologue to the future, he will lead Chowan to unprecedented heights. I believe he is God’s chosen leader for this time in Chowan’s history.”

“Dr. Peterson is a man of faith and integrity,” Rose said. “He knows Chowan and her students. He believes in Chowan’s mission and values. He is a proven leader. In summary, the trustees believe that Dr. Kirk E. Peterson is the leader that Chowan University needs at this time.”

Peterson, his wife Rachel, and their sons, Caleb, Cody, and Justin, will return to the Chowan family on June 1.

As one of the fastest growing universities in the United States for the past ten years, Chowan University, a Christian liberal arts university founded in 1848, enrolls more than 1,500 students each year and is located in the Historic Inner Banks community of Murfreesboro in Northeastern North Carolina. The university is in close proximity to the Outer Banks and Hampton Roads Virginia. Chowan’s park-like campus features more than 400 acres including Lake Vann, the beloved “Squirrel Park” and the original McDowell Columns Hall, erected in 1851 and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Accredited with the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, Chowan offers over 75 undergraduate academic programs among The School of Arts and Sciences, The School of Education, The School of Fine & Applied Arts, and The School of Business, and offers Masters Degrees through the School of Graduate Studies. Several departments are also individually accredited, such as Teacher Education Program’s accreditation by NCDPI and NCATE, as well as the Music program’s institutional accreditation by NASM. An​ NCAA Division II member institution, ​Chowan offers 19 varsity sports, as well as co-ed cheerleading, ​with​ nine programs in the CIAA and ​nine in Conference Carolinas.

For more information about Chowan University, visit www.chowan.edu or call 1-888-4-CHOWAN.

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