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Chase N. Peterson
University of Utah
Term 1983 – 1991
Predecessor David P. Gardner
Successor Arthur K. Smith
Born December 27, 1929 (1929-12-27) (age 80)
Logan, Utah
Alma mater Harvard University
Religion The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints

Chase Nebeker Peterson[1] (born December 27, 1929) was the president of the University of Utah from 1983 to 1991.


Peterson was born in Logan, Utah where his father, E. G. Peterson was the president of what is now Utah State University. Peterson received both his bachelors degree and MD from Harvard University. He then began a private medical practice in Salt Lake City but was later prevailed upon to return to Harvard to take up the post of Dean of Admissions. While dean of Admissions, Peterson chose to not go the route of quotas, instead choosing to hire an African-American to be part of the admissions staff, to use African-Americans in recruiting and in other ways try to affirm the university's support and inclusion of African-Americans without actual quotas.

While at Harvard, Peterson served as a bishop of the University Ward of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints.

He later was a vice president at Harvard, and then in 1978 became the vice president for Health Services at the University of Utah. In 1983 he became president of the University of Utah.

In 2006 Peterson received the Harvard Alumni Association medal.



Academic offices
Preceded by
David P. Gardner
President of the University of Utah
1983 – 1991
Succeeded by
Arthur K. Smith


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