Term: 2007 - 2008

Gary Peters, formerly the Michigan Bureau of State Lottery Commissioner, served as the third Griffin Endowed Chair in American Government at Central Michigan University from 2007 to 2008. He ended his term upon being elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.

Peters' public service experience also includes serving as a member of the Michigan Senate and the Rochester Hills City Council. His business experience includes positions as vice president of investments for UBS PaineWebber Inc. and assistant vice president at Merrill Lynch Inc., both in Rochester Hills. Peters also has served on arbitration panels for the National Association of Securities Dealers and the New York Stock Exchange. Peters served as a lieutenant commander and Seabee combat warfare specialist in the U.S. Navy Reserve.

Peters received a Bachelor of Arts in political science from Alma College, a Master of Business Administration in finance from the University of Detroit Mercy, a Juris Doctor from Wayne State University Law School and is currently a doctoral candidate in political philosophy at Michigan State University. He also has held teaching positions at Michigan State, Wayne State and Oakland University.

Gary Peters (center) with the students in his Spring 2008 political science class at CMU.