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Chancellor Joe PetersonJoe Peterson was appointed as USU Eastern’s first chancellor on July 1, 2010.  Before that time, he served as vice president for instruction at Salt Lake Community College and as dean and vice president at Dixie State College (now Dixie State University).

As the inaugural academic leader at USU Eastern, he has overseen the transition of the former College of Eastern Utah, with campuses in Price and Blanding, into a comprehensive regional college within Utah State University’s regional campus system.  Major initiatives during his tenure include the “Four in Four Campaign” (to grow the College’s enrollment to four thousand students in four enrollment cycles) and the “Building Vitality Campaign” to raise funds and support for the construction of a new multi-discipline instructional building on the Price Campus, approved during the 2014 legislative session.

Peterson received a PhD in Educational Leadership from UNLV in 2005, and an MA in creative writing in 1982 from BYU, and a BA in English in 1980 from BYU.  For many years, Peterson taught composition and literature, including three years at Utah State University’s Uintah Basin campus, and nine years at Dixie.

Contact Information

Joe Peterson
Price Campus
Reeves 183
(435) 613-5220 

Utah State University Eastern Chancellor's Cabinet

Joe Peterson

Vice Provost | Vice Chancellor for Academic Programs
Gary Straquadine

Vice Chancellor for Blanding Campus
Guy Denton

Vice Chancellor for Enrollment Management
Greg Dart

Associate Vice Chancellor for Blanding Campus Operation
Garth Wilson

Associate Vice Chancellor for Professional and Technical Education
Russell Goodrich

Associate Vice Chancellor for Liberal Arts and Science
Melanie Nelson

Associate Vice Chancellor for Price Campus Business Service
Eric Mantz