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A former high school music teacher and administrator, as well as a college professor, Dr. William G. “Bill” Peter had an impact on the lives of many students during a professional career that spanned five decades. The professor emeritus of secondary education has retired after more than 28 years of teaching at Central.
Dr. Peter’s career in education began in 1966 as a public school teaching in Prague, Okla. He came to Central in 1971 as a member of the Department of Curriculum and Instruction. His expertise in working with young people was quickly put to use teaching part time for three years at the university laboratory school, before working exclusively with university students.
He studied at Oklahoma State University, Stillwater, where he received a Bachelor of Music Education degree in 1952 and a Master of Science in Secondary Education and School Administration degree in 1955. His doctorate in education was completed in 1974 at the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville.
Dr. Peter was instrumental in founding and/or directing several educational support units including the Missouri Schools Service Center, in which he served for 12 years as executive director, and the Missouri Association of Rural Education. He also initiated the first interactive educational network in Missouri, now known as the Western Missouri Educational Technology (WeMET) Consortium of which Central is a member.
He and his wife, Neva Jean, have one son, Joe Peter.