Dr. Kent Peterson ’69 is an Emeritus professor in the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy Analysis, University of Wisconsin-Madison. He currently works with urban, rural, and suburban leadership academies that serve new, aspiring, and experienced school principals in the U.S. and around the world.

After Amherst, Dr. Peterson ’69 continued his education at Temple University (MA), and the University of Chicago (Ph.D). He is the founding director of the Vanderbilt Principals Institute and the Co-director of the Wisconsin LEAD Academy. Previously he was the Director of the National Center for Effective Schools Research.

Dr. Peterson ’69 has had a career-long commitment to universal access to quality, caring, and supportive schools. From his start as a 5th grade teacher in Philadelphia public schools to educating future leaders at Vanderbilt University and the University of Wisconsin-Madison, Kent has taught and advised thousands of students. Dr. Peterson ’69 has published more than eighty articles, co-authored seven books and raises millions of dollars in supportive education grants.