BEMIDJI -- George Anthony “Tony” Peffer on Tuesday was named provost and vice president for academic and student affairs at BSU.

“I am pleased that Tony will be joining us,” Faith Hensrud, BSU president, said in a release. “He is an experienced leader who values relationships. He has extensive program planning and accreditation experience, he values collaboration and has experience recruiting international students and faculty.”

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Peffer has been at Castleton University in Vermont since 2007, when he started as associate academic dean. He later was dean of undergraduate studies and chief academic officer before assuming his current role as assistant to the president in 2016. A member of Castleton President Dave Wolk’s cabinet, Peffer is the university’s institutional liaison to the New England Association of Schools and Colleges and a member of the school’s disabilities access committee, veterans access committee and emergency management team.

Before joining the faculty at Castleton, Peffer was associate professor of history and associate dean at Ohio University Eastern in St. Clairsville, Ohio; associate professor of history and chair of the Division of Social Sciences at Lakeland College in Sheboygan, Wis.; assistant professor of history at Prestonburg Community College in Kentucky, and adjunct professor of history at Cleveland State University. He also spent one year as a visiting professor at the University of Chicago’s Center for the Study of Race, Politics and Culture and Social Sciences Collegiate Division.

Peffer has a bachelor’s degree in history from Morehead State University in Kentucky; a master of divinity degree from Golden Gate Baptist Theological Seminary in Mill Valley, Calif,; a master’s degree in history from San Francisco State University and a doctorate in history from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

Peffer succeeds Michael Anderson, who has served as interim provost and vice president for academic and student affairs, since July 2016. Peffer will begin his new role in July.