Peter Hans is the president of the North Carolina Community College System, where he brings decades of leadership experience in higher education policy and governance.
Hans has served on the State Board of Community Colleges, where he was vice chairman, and he also chaired the Policy Committee. He also served on the University of North Carolina Board of Governors in 2003, 2007 and 2011, and he led that board as chair from 2012 to 2014.
His career also includes serving as senior policy adviser to U.S. Sen. Lauch Faircloth (1995 to 1999) and U.S. Rep. Richard Burr (1999 to 2001). He also advised Elizabeth Dole during her successful run for U.S. Senate in 2001-2002.
Hans is a trustee of Rex Hospital and a member of the International Advisory Board of public relations firm APCO Worldwide. He is a former board member for Urban Ministries of Wake County, where he co-chaired a $5.5 million capital campaign.
Hans has a Bachelor of Arts in political science from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill and a Master of Liberal Arts in Extension Studies from Harvard University.