Chowan President resigns

Published 8:27 am Friday, March 3, 2023

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By Kim Sherman Bailey

University Relations

MURFREESBORO – The Board of Trustees of Chowan University has accepted the resignation of Dr. Kirk Peterson as President, effective yesterday (Thursday, March 2).

Dr. Kirk Peterson

“During my tenure, the university has faced significant challenges, including the far-reaching effects of the covid-19 pandemic and shifting student demographics. These stressors have put significant strain on my family and me, and I feel that at this time I need to prioritize time with my family,” Peterson said in a statement initially shared with faculty and staff at Chowan.

Peterson was appointed President of Chowan University in 2018. He first served the University in 2004 as chair of what is now the Sport Science and Physical Education department. He served as Assistant Dean for Academic Affairs and Assistant Provost during his initial tenure and was instrumental in starting Chowan’s first master’s program.

Dr. Harold Babb

Under Peterson’s presidency in 2020, a new chapel capital campaign was launched. Construction began on this significant addition to Chowan’s campus in November 2022 and is due for completion this summer.

“The Board of Trustees wish Dr. Peterson the best as he moves to the next chapter in his life,” stated Kemper Baker, Chairman of Chowan’s Board of Trustees. “We are grateful for the years of service he and Rachel gave to Chowan.”

Dr. Harold Babb, former University of Richmond Professor and chair, businessman, Chowan College alumnus, and Vice Chairman of the Chowan University Board of Trustees, has been appointed acting President.

The university has begun searching for an interim president who will serve until the search for a new president is complete.