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Peter Viscusi

Peter Viscusi

After 35 years of serving the University of Central Missouri through a variety of positions, Peter Viscusi is leaving the university to pursue new challenges. He has retired as dean emeritus of The Honors College.

Viscusi started his career at the university in 1973 and rose through the ranks in the Department of History. He taught ancient, medieval and American history, as well as art history in the Department of Art. In 1992 he was appointed director of the Honors Program, which has approximately 100 students and offered only six honors courses at the time. By 1999, under his direction, the program had grown enough to be named The Honors College, and Viscusi became its first dean. From those humble beginnings, today there are 600 students in The Honors College, and about 30 honors courses are offered every semester. He also served as assistant provost for undergraduate studies.

Viscusi is a member of The Washington Center’s Honors National Advisory Committee and is a past chair of the National Collegiate Honors Council’s Task Force on Honors Colleges.

Continuing his dedication to huger education, Viscusi is serving as the academic vice president and dean of faculty at Elmira College, a liberal arts college in Elmira, NY. Although he will miss UCM students, faculty and staff and the greater Warrensburg community, he is looking forward to being closer to his family on the east coast.

Viscusi began his higher education with a Bachelor of Arts degree from LaSalle College in Philadelphia. He also earned a master’s degree and doctorate from the University of Delaware.