On September 2, an alumnus with a career in higher education and public administration will address the Bethany College community.
The opening year convocation, to be held at 10 a.m. in Presser Hall, is free and open to the public. Bethany students, staff and faculty will be in attendance.
Kip Peterson ’99 is the director of government relations and communications for the Kansas Board of Regents, the governing board of the state’s six universities and the coordinating board for the state’s 32 public higher education institutions. Along with serving as the board’s primary spokesperson, he directs government relations and oversees the development and implementation of legislative initiatives.
“I’m excited for students to hear Kip’s story about the paths he has taken using his Bethany education as a compass and foundation,” said Bethany College President Edward F. Leonard III.
At Bethany, he earned a Bachelor of Arts in history and political science. Peterson then attended the University of Kansas (KU) to obtain his masters of public administration and is currently working on his doctorate in higher education administration at KU. Last year, he completed the Senior Executives in State and Government program at Harvard University’s Kennedy School of Government.
Peterson’s career has taken him to two capitals, Topeka and Washington, D.C., where he has served in the offices of Congressman Jerry Moran, Lt. Governor Gary Sherrer and Governor Bill Graves. In Washington, he worked on various pieces of federal legislation pertaining to our nation’s railroad, highways and air service infrastructure. In Topeka, among other things, he implemented a statewide public policy campaign resulting in a five-year, $400 million higher education building infrastructure funding package.
He is vice president of the Bethany College Alumni Council and has been a member since 2006. Peterson is also a lifetime member of the National Eagle Scout Association.