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1998 Recipient - Dr. Roy P. Peterson

Secretary of Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet


  • B.S., Liberal Arts/Biology, Southern University, 1957
  • M.S., Reproductive Biology, University of Oregon, 1961
  • Ph.D., Endocrinology, University of Iowa, 1967


  • Secretary, Education, Arts and Humanities Cabinet
  • Assistant to Executive Director, Council on Higher Education
  • Interim President, Tennessee State University
  • Deputy Director of Academic Affairs, Council on Higher Education
  • Director, Academic and Health Affairs, Illinois Board of Higher Education
  • Professor, Administrator, or Research Scientist at the following institutions:
    • Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville
    • Southern University - Baton Rouge and New Orleans, Louisiana
    • University of Iowa, and the University of Oregon
    • American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow at Oregon State University
    • Commissioned Officer, U.S. Army (Airborne/Ranger)


  • Leader in Education and the Arts, The Lane Report;
  • Architect of the Dream Award
  • U.K. Lyman Johnson Association
  • Kentucky Association of Blacks in Higher Education Award
  • Leadership Kentucky; Roy Peterson Day in Nashville
  • YMCA Adult Black Achiever
  • Omega Man of the Year
  • Fellow, American Council on Education
  • University of Iowa Old Gold Fellow
  • U.S. Public Health Service Fellow
  • University of Iowa Research Fellowship
  • Who's Who Among Students.


  • Governor's Task Force on the Arts
  • Affirmative Action Advisory Board
  • Co-Founder, Governor's Scholars Program
  • Leadership Kentucky
  • Boards of Directors, YMCA of Central Kentucky
  • YMCA Black Achievers Program; NAACP.


  • Education Commission of the States
  • National Commission on Higher Education Issues
  • Southern Regional Education Board, Minority Doctoral Scholars Program
  • The Compassionate Friends
  • Omega Psi Phi Fraternity.

[adapted from résumé provided to HIP in 1998]