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Kim Peterson: Always An Aggie

Released by Panhandle State Campus Communications on 11/01/2016 Kim PetersonKim Peterson

Goodwell, Okla. — Combine his infectious personality with a work ethic that is hard to match and a true care and concern for everyone around him and you can see why City of Guymon Mayor Kim Peterson is easily recognized at the top of Oklahoma Panhandle State University’s extraordinary alumni.

A Guymon native, Peterson grew up going to Panhandle State football and basketball games. It wasn’t unusual to see his family in the college cafeteria enjoying the lunch buffet on Sundays. It was just a natural step for him to attend college in Goodwell after graduating from Guymon High School in 1970. Joining his parents as Panhandle State graduates, Peterson earned a Bachelor of Science in Industrial Arts Education in 1974 while minoring in accounting. Both his sister and younger brother are Panhandle State graduates as well.

As Peterson reflected on his time in college, he said, “It taught me the value of working.”

He and his wife, Melissa, were married while they were a sophomore and freshman. Peterson’s days generally started with an 8 a.m. class followed by afternoon labs all while balancing two jobs and staying active in campus organizations including the Circle K Club and the Industrial Arts Club.

He said, “It was an experience in life- I wouldn’t change it. It was a good time in our lives.”

Peterson is still just as active with the campus, most recently as a member of the Presidential Search Committee and assisting in the selection of Panhandle State’s 15th President Dr. Tim Faltyn. Additionally, he is currently serving as the chair of the President’s House Fundraising Committee.

“I’m excited for the future of the college. What is good for Panhandle State is good for Guymon and the region. The more educated people, the better society.”

A member of the Panhandle State Foundation Board of Directors since 2007, Peterson served as the foundation president from 2014-2016.

Currently, Peterson and his daughter Jaime own and operate a restaurant called Hunny’s and a catering business, Kim’s Ribs both of which play a part in the lives of many Panhandle State Aggies as several students work for them. In addition, Peterson has a passion for the Rodeo team and each year he provides the meal for their Top Hand Auction fundraising event.

Peterson has served on the Guymon City Council for over five years and as the Mayor of the City of Guymon for three years. Always seeking to make an impact, he is a member of several committees and organizations and has accomplished many projects during his term in office.

Peterson and his wife have three children, Jana, Jaime, and Scott as well as eight grandchildren. Jana is a third generation Panhandle State graduate.

Peterson enjoys working and staying busy and developing friendships and relationships.

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