Meet Heath: Part 3

Posted on Jan 29, 2016 in Alumni News and Career/Life

Commencement 2015
KU Alumni Association President Heath Peterson, d’04, g’09, was unanimously elected by the national board of directors in November 2015. Get to know President Peterson through this six-part series titled Meet Heath. Enjoy!

What is your favorite KU tradition?

It’s hard to beat the Rock Chalk Chant in Allen Field House or waving the wheat in Memorial Stadium, but my favorite KU tradition as a student was easily walking through the Campanile for the very first time on Commencement, followed by the walk down the hill into the stadium to celebrate earning a KU degree and becoming an alumnus.   My pride in KU was off the charts high that day, right along with the temperature.  It was blazing hot,  but well worth the sweat!

Over the years, I have grown to believe our greatest traditions are those of service and giving provided by alumni and friends.   The contributions of time, talents, and resources from alumni and friends are the reason the Jayhawk experience is second to none.

Next week, Heath shares a little about how he spends his time out of the office—and also reveals a unique hidden talent. Have a question or comment to share? Email us at


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