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Patti McGill Peterson, American academic administrator, educator. Carnegie fellow Harvard University, 1977.


Peterson, Patti McGill was born on May 20, 1943 in Johnstown, Pennsylvania, United States. Daughter of Earl Frampton and Helen G. McGill.


Bachelor in Political Science, Pennsylvania State University, 1965. Master of Arts in Political Science, University Wisconsin, 1968. Doctor of Philosophy in Political Science and Educational Policy, University Wisconsin, 1974.

Certified advance study, Harvard University, 1977. D.Litt (honorary), Le Moyne College, 1983. D.Litt (honorary), Clarkson University, 1996.


Assistant professor political science, dean of freshman women, Schiller College, Germany, 1968-1969;assistant professor political science, State University of New York-Oswego, 1971-1972;assistant to president, Adjunct Professor, State University of New York-Oswego, 1972-1977;vice president academic services and planning, associate professor, State University of New York-Oswego, 1978-1980;president, Wells College, Aurora, New York, 1980-1987;president, St. Lawrence University, Canton, New York, 1987-1996;president emerita, St. Lawrence University, since 1996;president emerita, Wells College, since 1996;senior fellow, Institute for Public Policy, Cornell Univercity, 1996-1998;executive director, Council for International Exchange of Scholars, 1998;vice president, Institute of International Education, 1998. Board directors Nia. Missouri Power Corporation, John Hancock Mutual Funds.


  • Other Work

    • Author numerous articles in field.


Trustee, vice-chair Northwood School Station, 1985. Board overseers The Nelson A. Rockeeller, 1988. Trustee Association American Colleges, 1987.

Chairman Public Leadership Education Network, 1983-1985. Member Governor's Committee on Volunteer Enterprise, 1983-1985. President Association Colleges and Universities, New York, 1984-1986.

Chair Women's College Coalition, 1983-1985, United States-Canada Fulbright Committee, 1990-1993. Member Committee on National Challenges in Higher Education, 1986-1988. Member American Council Education (chairman committee on leadership development and academy administration 1982-1984), Middle States Association Colleges and Schools (consultant, chairman).


Daughter of Earl Frampton and Helen G. McGill. M. Luther D. Peterson, August 31, 1968. 1 son, Lars-Anders.

Earl Frampton

Helen G. McGill

Luther D. Peterson