Chris Peterson, who was entering his 15th year as the Trojan's athletic director sent in his letter of resignation on Tuesday saying he has been very blessed to work outstanding athletes and coaches, and is looking forward to the next chapter in his life. (See attached)
Peterson ushered in a new era in Trojan athletics in 2005-06 with the unveiling of the Jack Stephens Center. The state-of-the-art 5,600-seat facility became the new on-campus home to the Trojan volleyball and basketball teams.
The construction of the on-campus competition arena was made possible through Peterson's relationship with the late Little Rock philanthropist Jack Stephens, who donated $22.4 million to the project - the largest gift in the history of the university.
Peterson's commitment to academic and athletic excellence was recognized by UALR's University Assembly in April 2009, as the Faculty Senate presented him with an award commemorating his leadership in making academic statistics as important to his student-athletes as those from competition.
During Peterson's tenure, the UALR men's basketball program has graduated 100 percent of its players who have exhausted their eligibility under head coach Steve Shields.
Peterson is a 1977 Wisconsin-Milwaukee graduate.
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