Office of the President

Welcome from President peterson

For more than 172 years, the people of Chowan University have distinguished themselves by their care for each other. We are so pleased that you have decided to be a part of the next chapter in this great University’s story. Chowan is first, and foremost, a Christian University and will continue to remain faithful to this bedrock principle. The Christian character is interwoven throughout the history of Chowan, from its inception in 1848 as Chowan Baptist Female Institute to today as we proudly proclaim that we have Faith in the Future in our students and our University.

All students bring a diverse background of faith and experiences. All individuals who attend, support, or instruct are given many opportunities to celebrate their faith walk, which we pray ends in embracing Jesus Christ.

I pray you are transformed by your time at Chowan. As faculty, staff, and administrators, we commit ourselves to your advancement through our teaching, learning, engaging, and serving. As President of Chowan University, I want to invite you to come to my office in the Columns Building and let me know how you are doing. I want to get to know each of you. Please know how deeply honored I am to serve as president of this beautiful University.

Sincerely Yours,
Kirk E. Peterson


meet president kirk e. peterson

Kirk Edward Peterson was named the twenty-third president of Chowan University by the Board of Trustees on February 15, 2018 and assumed office on June 1, 2018.

A native of Rock Island, Illinois, Dr. Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science in Psychology from the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse. Continuing his education at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, Dr. Peterson received two Master of Science in Education degrees, the first in Sport Psychology and the second in Mental Health Counseling. He also pursued further graduate study at the University of Tennessee, Knoxville, earning his Doctor of Philosophy degree in 2000.

Dr. Peterson first served the University in 2004 as chair of what is now the Sport Science and Physical Education department. Throughout his tenure, he also served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and as Assistant Provost. Based on the needs of the institution’s service area, Dr. Peterson helped found Chowan University’s first master’s program and served as founding Dean of the University’s Graduate School, which offered the only Christian University master’s degree program east of North Carolina’s I-95 and the only elementary education master’s degree within a 60-mile radius.

Prior to returning to Chowan University, Dr. Peterson served as Interim President and President of Urbana University in Urbana, Ohio. While president, Dr. Peterson successfully negotiated the merger of Urbana University with Franklin University, retaining the university’s discipline-specific and regional accreditation. After saving Urbana University from absolute closure, Dr. 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.

Dr. Peterson believes in educating and nurturing students in a student-centered environment by placing great instructors and staff members in front of students and providing opportunities through thorough and demanding curricula that celebrate the exceptionality of all students. Dr. Peterson feels that education should promote safe, yet challenging, environments for students to grow academically, personally, socially, intellectually, emotionally, physically, and spiritually. Part of Dr. Peterson’s vision for Chowan is to continue the effort to recruit and retain students as well as growing and improving the physical plant. He has a desire to work with the faculty to bring in innovative academic programs and work closely with the students to gauge their feelings and listen to their needs.

Previously a member of the River of Life Christian Center, Dr. Peterson is now a member of Murfreesboro Baptist Church. He and his wife, Rachel, met as neighbors in Prattville, Alabama, and have since been married for over a quarter-century. Dr. and Mrs. Peterson have three sons: Caleb, Cody, and Justin. The Petersons enjoy traveling together as a family and spending time out at the ballfield with their sons.

Rachel Peterson First Lady 252-398-6221

Kirk and I are excited to be back here; we’re back home! Having been here from 2004-2010, it is truly a blessing to have the opportunity to return. We are enjoying serving the community and our students and look forward to many more years of supporting students in their educational journey and serving the Chowan and Murfreesboro communities.

Meet Senior Leadership

Danny Davis
Vice President Business Affairs
Pat Mashuda
Patrick Mashuda
Vice President and Director of Athletics
Dr. Danny Moore
Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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Dr. Montrose Streeter
Vice President for Student Affairs
Andy Wilson
Vice President for Advancement