Ken Peterman, ’79 Electrical Engineering
The President of ITT Communications Systems, alumnus Ken Peterman used his college experiences and education to help him reach his career goal.
"During my time at Tri-State, I learned many things that helped me in my career. Besides benefitting from the traditional elements of a fine university education, the diverse make-up of the faculty and student population was also very valuable. I learned to greatly value diversity of thought and perspective, particularly when seeking innovative solutions to complex problems. The value of diversity has been an important lesson for me, and one that I have carried with me throughout my career," he said.
Ken attended college during the years his father, Mark Peterman, was athletic director and head basketball coach. "For a short time I played on the basketball team my dad coached, gaining a deep respect for him in a new and different way. I still treasure the experience greatly, and it is by far my fondest memory of campus life."
He has a passion for his work and understands the importance of helping our nation’s military forces defend our country. An experienced and respected leader in the global defense and aerospace market, he has consistently demonstrated market-leading performance in a wide variety of challenging leadership roles with five different companies. He has worked in general, portfolio, program and engineering management, acquisition integration, and business and strategy development.
He values his personal relationships most of all, however. "I receive the most enjoyment from my relationships with family and friends, and the many experiences I have shared with them through the years. I have two young grandsons, and it is a special treasure to be spend time with them. I embrace life passionately. My wife Julie and I lead very full and busy lives, and we have many different personal and professional interests that challenge us, bring us together, and help us grow."