Peter Hans became the ninth president of the North Carolina Community College System on May 1, 2018.
Hans has extensive experience in higher education policy. He served a six-year term on the State Board of Community Colleges, where he was vice chair. Later, he served three terms on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors, including two years as chair. From 2016 to 2018, he advised former UNC System President Margaret Spellings on issues related to technology, health care, strategic planning and K-12 education.
He is currently a co-chair of myFutureNC, a broad, bipartisan push to raise the state’s educational attainment level. In 2019, the myFutureNC Commission issued a goal for two million North Carolinians to have a degree or credential beyond high school by 2030.
Hans grew up in Southport on the coast and Hendersonville in the mountains. He earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in political science from UNC-Chapel Hill and a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies from Harvard University.