PRICE, Utah (News4Utah) – Utah State University-Eastern Chancellor Joe Peterson announced Thursday that he will retire as of June 30.
Peterson has served eight years after he was named Eastern’s first chancellor on July 1, 2010, following the merger of Utah State University and the College of Eastern Utah.
USU President Noelle Cockett praised Peterson for his role in expanding educational opportunities for students at Eastern and Blanding, and for his leadership role during the USU-College of Eastern Utah transition.
“Dr. Peterson worked tirelessly to lead that transition and help us navigate the many complexities of the merger,” Cockett said.
“I have cherished my associations with colleagues and friends within the University and within the communities of Southeast Utah,” Peterson said. “Serving as Chancellor has been the highlight of my career.” “I am thankful for my time at Eastern and fully understand that none of our achievements would have been possible without the truly remarkable group of people with whom I have been privileged to work and serve,” he added.
Senior administrator Gary Straquadine was named interim chancellor. Straquadine currently is vice chancellor for academic advancement at USU Eastern, and he is a vice provost at USU.