Candidate for Columbia Board of Education, 1-year term
Philip Peters is the Ruth L. Hulston Professor at MU Law School, where he teaches health care law. He recently returned to the law school after taking a two-year leave to be executive director of First Chance for Children, a nonprofit organization that works to provide improved early education to children in need.
Peters’ two daughters attended Columbia Public Schools. Peters credits the district for his daughters’ success but believes in past years, the quality of education has diminished.
ADDRESS: 2620 Westbrook Way
PERSONAL: Age 60. Married to Vickie Park and has two daughters, Natalie, 23, and Mackenzie, 17.
OCCUPATION: Ruth L. Hulston Professor at MU School of Law
EDUCATION: Bachelor's degree from Harvard University; law degree from University of California at Berkeley
BACKGROUND: Enjoys spending time with his family, playing tennis, attending MU sporting events and reading. Also involved in First Chance for Children, the Early Childhood Task Force, the Achievement Gap Task Force, the Great Expectations Committee and the Steering Committee.
ON THE WEB: petersforschools.com
He also would like to narrow the academic achievement gap between groups of students by getting children ready for school at an earlier age. However, being a law professor, Peters is always looking for evidence before making a decision and thinks his skills in withholding judgment and working toward a common agreement will contribute to the district.