University Welcomes American Council on Education Fellow


(Aug. 12, 2015) — Dr. Susan Peters, director of the Center for Entrepreneurship at Francis Marion University, recently joined Armstrong for her one-year American Council on Education Emerging Leader Fellowship.

In addition to serving as the Forrest D. Williams Professor of Entrepreneurship at the Francis Marion University School of Business, her work experience includes a decade of consulting and teaching for various groups and institutions. Peters began her career by teaching at California State Polytechnic University and eventually served as chair of the International Business and Marketing department.

Peters is a sought-after business consultant, speaker and presenter and has worked in Tibet, Egypt, Poland, Malawi and Venezuela. She is the author of more than 50 articles, books, book chapters and academic presentations including journals such as International Journal of Entrepreneurship and Innovation Management, Journal of Global Business Perspectives and Service Industries Journal.

The ACE Emerging Leader Fellowship Program invites leaders in higher education to immerse themselves in the culture, policies and decision-making processes of another institution. Each fellow engages with a mentor on a project involving a critical issue in higher education at his or her home institution.

At Armstrong, Peters intends to examine factors affecting student retention, focusing on first-generation college students. She plans to create initiatives aimed at helping first-generation students graduate.

An accomplished scholar, Peters has a Ph.D. in International Business from St. Louis University, an M.B.A. from Kent State University and a B.S. in Industrial Engineering from Millikin University.