John Peters, President of Northern Illinois University

John G. Peters assumed the presidency of Northern Illinois University on June 1, 2000. NIU is a comprehensive teaching and research institution with a student enrollment of more than 25,000 and 190,000 alumni. Located in the metro-Chicago area, its main campus is in DeKalb. Since becoming president, NIU was admitted to the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges; the Universities Research Association; achieved Carnegie Doctoral/Research Extensive designation; secured its largest-ever private gift (20 million for construction of a new College of Business building); and developed a federal agenda resulting in millions in research funding. Peters is chair of the Mid-American Conference Council of Presidents, convener of the Illinois Public University Chancellors and Presidents, is on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Coalition and is co-chair of the Center for Illinois Child Welfare and Education.
Peters was provost at The University of Tennessee, Knoxville from 1993 to 2000. Before coming to UT, he was dean of Arts and Sciences, associate to the chancellor and professor of political science at The University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His academic career at UNL included 20 years in teaching and research, specializing in American politics and congress, with articles appearing in The American Political Science Review and Legislative Studies Quarterly, among others. In 1978, Peters was awarded UNL's Distinguished Teaching Award.
A native of Ohio, Peters earned his bachelor's degree in political science at John Carroll University and a master's in government from Ohio University. He received his Ph.D. in political science from the University of Illinois.
Peters and his wife, Barbara Cole Peters, have one son.

John Petersen, Chancellor and Provost for University Affairs for the University of Connecticut

John Petersen is the provost and executive vice president for academic affairs at the University of Connecticut. Prior to coming to the university in June 2000, Petersen was dean of The College of Science and professor of chemistry at Wayne State University from 1994 to 2000. Previously he held positions as the department head of chemistry; associate dean for research, College of Sciences at Clemson University (from 1983 to 1993); and assistant professor of chemistry at Kansas State University (from 1975 to 1980).
He received his bachelor's degree in chemistry from California State University at Los Angeles in 1970 and his Ph.D. in inorganic chemistry from The University of California at Santa Barbara in 1975.
Petersen's research activities have focused on the preparation of complex polymetallic, transition metal complexes with the goal of covalently coupling the molecular components necessary to absorb visible light and to convert the incident energy into either chemical fuel or chemical potential energy. He is active in the American Chemical Society, Council for Chemical Research and sits on the Executive Committee for chief academic officers of the National Association of State Universities and Land Grant Colleges.Tom Galligan, Dean and Elvin E. Overton Distinguished Professor of Law, The University of Tennessee College of Law

Tom Galligan is dean and an Elvin E. Overton distinguished professor of law at The University of Tennessee College of Law in Knoxville, where he teaches torts, admiralty and remedies. From 1986 until May 1998, Galligan taught at the Paul M. Hebert Law Center at LSU, where he was named the Dr. Dale E. Bennett professor of law and was honored by the students as the outstanding LSU professor six times. Galligan has published numerous articles in various journals, including the Tennessee Law Review, the Louisiana Law Review, the Tulane Law Review, The University of Michigan Journal of Law Reform, the Washington & Lee Law review, and more. With Professor Frank L. Maraist, Galligan is the author of "Louisiana Tort Law, Personal Injury in Admiralty, and Admiralty in a Nutshell" (4th ed. 2001). Maraist and Galligan's co-authored scholarship has been honored by the Louisiana Bar Journal and the Tulane Law Review. Galligan also is the co-author of "Case and Materials on Maritime Law" (2003) and "Tort Law: Cases, Materials, Problems" (3rd ed. 2002).
He is a member of the boards of the Tennessee Alliance for Legal Services, Legal Aid of East Tennessee and the West High School Foundation. Galligan lives in Knoxville with his wife, Susan, and four children: Patrick, 18; Sarah, 16; Aisling, 13; and Jennifer, 10. In his spare time, Galligan has run 17 marathons and has written two unpublished novels.