Mr. Petersen was born in North Dakota, but spent his childhood in Nebraska. His family moved to Connecticut briefly, then settled in Houston, Texas, where he spent the next 40 years. Mr. Petersen played on the first men’s basketball team at the University of Mary Hardin Baylor, and graduated from Sam Houston State University with a B.B.A. in Economics.
Mr. Petersen discovered his passion for youth education and mentoring during his time as a youth pastor and coach and, along with his experience home-schooling his children, he determined that education was his true calling. He pursued this career as headmaster at classical schools in Texas, Arkansas, and Las Vegas before coming to Golden.
Mr. Petersen’s proudest achievements are his children. His son Micah, holds a Masters in Human Geography and double majored in Chinese and International Relations. He is a Eugene Dupont Scholar, a Schwarzman Scholar, and a U.S. Army officer, and he is currently studying international relations in China. Mr. Petersen’s daughter is a Greehey Scholar in the Greehey School of Business at St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, where she also plays division 2 tennis.
Mr. Petersen and his wife enjoy outdoor activities in Colorado with their dachshund, Duke.