Executive Assistant Roundtable
3300 Poinsett Highway
Greenville, SC 29613
Executive Assistants Roundtable series is designed specifically for the executive assistants of top tier Chamber Investors. This program provides a platform for executive assistants to connect with their peers, share ideas and gain useful knowledge to apply at work.
This session will be led by Ken Peterson, Dean of Faculty at Furman University, and Kim Keefer, Director of Shucker Center for Leadership Development at Furman University.
Kenneth D. Peterson is the Dean of Faculty and the John D. Hollingsworth, Jr., Professor of Economics. He joined the Furman economics faculty in 1990 and chaired the department for twelve years. As Dean of Faculty he is responsible for the faculty, academic departments, interdisciplinary minors, and the units that support all undergraduate programs. His teaching interests include microeconomic theory, urban economics, population economics, environmental economics, and research methods in economics. He is particularly fond of introducing students to economic ideas in the introduction to economics course.
An outstanding teacher and mentor, Professor Peterson was the recipient of the Alester G. Furman, Jr. and Janie Earle Furman Award for Meritorious Teaching. His recent research interests have been in the areas of hedonic house pricing, parking policies and environmental impacts, and social capital. Professor Peterson has also supervised numerous undergraduate research projects through the Economics Department’s summer research program.
Peterson received his M.A. and Ph.D. in economics from the State University of New York at Stony Brook and his B.S. in economics from Iowa State University. His research examines the extent to which property values are affected by environmental and neighborhood traits, the causes and consequences of varying social capital levels within neighborhoods, the economics of higher education, and the economics of college athletics. He is also a graduate of Leadership Greenville Class XXI.
I have been a Leadership Educator working in the field of Student Development for 23 years. My background includes extensive work with group facilitation using team building activities and challenge ropes course activities and initiative problems. I am a certified Strengths Finder and Strengths Quest Advocate through the Gallup organization. I have facilitated Strengths workshops for many different types of groups of all ages and backgrounds. In addition, I have conducted individual Strengths Coaching sessions for hundreds of students at Furman University.