Roy Peterson December Commencement Speaker

St. Davids, PA, December 8, 2016: Eastern University is pleased to announce Roy L. Peterson as the December 17th commencement speaker. 

Mr. Peterson is the current president and CEO of the American Bible Society, a position he has held since February of 2014. He also serves as a voting member of the American Bible Society Board of Trustees. The mission of the American Bible Society is to make the Bible available to every person in a language and format each can understand and afford, so all people may experience its life-changing message.

Provost Dr. Keith Iddings commented, “Since it was founded, Eastern University has enthusiastically affirmed the centrality of the Bible as ‘the authoritative witness to the truth of God embodied in Jesus Christ.’  For this reason, I'm excited that Roy Peterson will be addressing our graduates at commencement.  His life work leading efforts to translate and widely distribute the Scripture uniquely qualifies him to speak into that which is at the heart of an Eastern education.”

Mr. Peterson led The Seed Company, a ministry centered on bible translation, in Arlington Texas for 10 years as president and CEO. Prior to his work with The Seed Company, he held various leadership roles at Wycliffe Bible Translators. In his early work with Wycliffe, Mr. Peterson served in field administration and government relations in Ecuador and Guatemala with Wycliffe’s sister organization, SIL International. He would later become CEO of Wycliffe USA. 

Before devoting his life to full-time ministry work, Mr. Peterson worked in management positions with the U.S. Shoe Corporation, Florsheim Corporation and American Greetings Corporation. 

Mr. Peterson is an alumnus of Roger Williams University where he received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  A recipient of the Master of Arts in Social Science/Leadership from Azusa Pacific University, he completed the Executive Program for Nonprofit Leaders at Stanford University and received an honorary doctorate from Taylor University for his work in Bible translation. 

Commencement will be held at 10 a.m. for all traditional and non-traditional undergraduate students with the exception of Esperanza College, which will be held at 3 p.m . The 3 p.m ceremony will also include the Master’s and Doctoral students in the graduate programs. Commencement will be held in the Gym on the St. Davids campus at 1300 Eagle Road. For more information visit 

Eastern University is a Philadelphia Christian university of the arts and sciences located in the western suburbs of Philadelphia at 1300 Eagle Road in St. Davids, PA. Eastern enrolls approximately 3,800 students in its undergraduate, graduate, professional, urban, Seminary and international programs. Its core values of faith, reason and justice are woven into all of its educational programs. For more information visit or contact Denise McMillan, Communications Director, 610-341-4365,

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