Dr Petters Appointed as Dean of Academic Affairs and Vice Provost at Duke University

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Updated: April 19, 2016

Dr Arlie Petters is no stranger to Belizeans as he has been quite active in the education sector in Belize.  His invaluable contributions and humble personality have not only been recognized in Belize but also in the United States where he spent much of his years; so much so that Dr Petters have been appointed to serve as the Dean of Academic Affairs and the associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education in Durham, North Carolina at the Trinity College of Arts and Science at Duke University.  Dr Petters who is a mathematical physicist will take up his appointment on July 1 and will serve up until June 2020, succeeding Lee D. Baker, a cultural anthropology professor.  Dr Petters is originally from Dangriga, Stann Creek District but migrated to the US as a teenager and has since excelled in the field of sciences via the development of tests for theories of gravity such as Einstein’s general relativity.  He has also written four books with a fifth one almost completed.  Dr Petters has received many awards for his research with his portrait on permanent display in the National Academies Keck Center in Washington DC.  He has served at Princeton University as the Director for Graduate Studies.  On the local level, DR Petters founded the Petters Research Institute in 2005 which fosters national development through entrepreneurship in the areas of mathematics, science and technology.  He served as the Chairman of the Council of Science Advisers for Belize for three years and was named a member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire by the Queen of the England.  In 2011, he became the first Belizean to have received the Caribbean American Heritage Award for Excellence in Science and Technology.   In the following year, he became the first Belizean American to be Grand Marshal of the seven-nation Central American Day Parade in Los Angeles, where he received honours from the Mayor of Los Angeles.