The announcement was made by Jim Unruh, chairman of the college’s board of trustees, throughout a press convention Friday, Sept. 29, 2017, on the dedication of Harold Newman Area.
“It was a simple choice,” he stated. “Polly has an uncommon mixture of backgrounds which have helped us so far.”
Peterson referred to as her appointment as president a “life-lengthy dream.”
“It’s really an honor and I’m blessed to be given the chance,” she stated.
Peterson has 25 years of expertise on the college, she stated. She has labored as a controller within the monetary workplace, taught within the enterprise division and served as a vice chairman of the college for the final eleven years, together with her present position as government vice chairman.
Peterson is a 1989 graduate of the College of Jamestown and holds a Grasp of Enterprise Administration from Regis College in Denver, Colo., and a doctorate in larger schooling from North Dakota State College.
“Clearly, we had our candidate,” Uhruh stated. “We did not have to take the dangers related to bringing in somebody we did not know.”
Unruh stated Badal’s announcement of his retirement didn’t come as a shock and that a personnel committee had been reviewing potential replacements for Badal most of this yr.
“The one shock was the date, not his contemplation of retirement,” Unruh stated.
Badal has served as president of the College of Jamestown since 2002. Throughout his time in workplace, he oversaw a change of the varsity’s identify from Jamestown School to the College of Jamestown and an aggressive constructing program that has included a brand new positive arts constructing, pc and enterprise constructing, the Harold Newman Area and upgrades to different amenities on campus.
Badal stated he has no instant plans to go away the Jamestown group after retirement however plans to spend extra time at a lake cabin in Wisconsin.
Peterson turns into the 14th president and the primary lady to steer the College of Jamestown. She stated she sees a brilliant future for the varsity.
“I need to construct on what Dr. Badal positioned in movement,” she stated. “I consider the alternatives for small schools are very constructive.”