Dr. Alan J. Peterson, West Fargo, was hired as director of the North Dakota Center for Distance Education in July. NDCDE, located in Fargo, is an accredited school providing distance education for students in grades 6-12.

Peterson, a native of Havana, N.D., received college degrees from North Dakota State College of Science, Wahpeton, N.D., Valley City (N.D.) State University, Minnesota State University Moorhead and the University of Minnesota.

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Before coming to NDCDE, Peterson worked in business and public education. For the past 15 years he served as the president of a multi-national, education, service provider and as a management consultant to several U.S. and international companies. He began his education career in Hayfield, Minn., as a high school English teacher and coach, and later in Jamestown. Peterson then taught college composition, literature and technical writing courses and coached basketball at NDSCS. During his tenure at NDSCS he was awarded a Bush Foundation Leadership Fellowship. Peterson used his fellowship to attend the University of Minnesota where he earned a Doctor of Education degree. One aspect of his doctoral program was two internships with the Minnesota System of Colleges and Universities. The internships included experiences with Tech Prep and dual enrollment programs, as well as state-supported assistance provided to organizations seeking management system accreditation and certification. The internship focused on management system certification led to his working with a community college consortium comprised of representatives from 12 states and one Canadian province. Together the group developed educational materials and teacher development activities for both classroom and online delivery to assist small and medium-sized businesses meet globally-mandated management system performance requirements.

Peterson is a former member of the North Dakota House of Representatives. He served as District 25's representative during the 1991-92 biennium.

For more information about ND CDE, call 701-231-6008 or visit the ND CDE website at www.ndcde.org.