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Peterson discusses UJ at Rotary

Dr. Polly Peterson was recently named UJ president–elect. She will succeed President Bob Badal, who is retiring in February 2018. Prior to this appointment, Peterson has served as controller, faculty member and most recently executive vice president. She said she is deeply honored to be the 14th president; “Not quite what I thought when I graduated from the university in 1989,” Peterson said.

In her role as executive vice president, Peterson oversees the offices of Institutional Advancement and Business Affairs. She has led the capital campaign, currently over $60 million, which also included the recent construction of the Harold Newman Arena.

“I believe in the university’s mission of developing wholeness of our student,” Peterson said. The university is blessed to have faculty, staff and administration who have dedicated their lives to supporting UJ students. She said she looks forward to the journey ahead.

Erin Paulson welcomed everyone to the meeting, Steve Berntson gave the table blessing, Larry Hoffman led the group in singing with Mark Reeves accompanying on the piano, and Whitney Bruins collected “Happy Dollars” for Rotary projects. Jamestown High School students attending meetings this month were Cody Williamson and Matthew Skavroneck. Rob Craig from United Express was also a guest. Paulson reminded members to sign up to ring the bell for the Salvation Army on Dec. 16.

Jason Bitz will introduce today’s program, Eric Weber will give the table blessing, Duane Dunn will lead in singing, and Doug Frohlich will be sergeant-at-arms. Rotary meets every Tuesday at 12:10 p.m. at the Quality Inn and Suites; everyone is welcome.

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