Twelve years of Heath Peterson

Posted on Mar 28, 2013 in Alumni News and News

Today marks Heath Peterson’s twelfth year of service at the KU Alumni Association, and we’d like to celebrate with a walk down memory lane.

Heath currently serves as our assistant vice president for alumni programs, a position he’s held for the past three years. But you may not know that Heath actually started working here while he was still a student at KU. He began his illustrious career at the Adams Alumni Center as a facilities associate–affectionately known around the office as “blue shirts” because of the blue staff shirts the student employees wear– and was promoted to director of the building in 2004.

In 2005, Heath became the director of Kansas programs and was promoted to assistant vice president in 2009. He has truly risen through the ranks at the KU Alumni Association!

Michelle Lang, b’01, assistant director of Kansas programs, says “sitting outside Heath’s office for the past five years has given me plenty of stories to share, but one that most exemplifies Heath is his love of Pledge.” She adds that he has a compulsive habit of cleaning his desk with Pledge every day before he goes home, so when she hears the spray of the cleaner, she knows he’s about to leave.

Coworker Emily Ellison, c’12, alumni programs coordinator of operations, has only been here for a few months, but she learned quickly that Heath is the ultimate prankster. “I was told to always check my phone before picking up a call just in case salsa or something else was waiting to attack my ear,” she says. If you start a prank war with Heath, you just might end up with your name plastered on flyers all over town promoting a made-up company. Yes, it’s happened.

Congratulations, Heath, on twelve years with the KU Alumni Association!

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