Dr. Adam Peck, dean of student affairs, has accepted the position of Assistant Vice President at Illinois State University. His last day at SFA will be Jan. 7.
Peck will be overseeing Residence Life, University Police, Emergency Management and Divisional Marketing in his new position.
“Illinois State University has an excellent reputation in the field of student affairs, and I am really excited to return to my home state of Illinois,” Peck said. “But it’s really hard to think about leaving SFA students. I love our students so much, and they have heaped love on me during my time here. This is a very special place for many reasons, and I will miss it a lot.”
During his time here, Peck played a role in establishing The SFA Way and creating the Student Emergency Aid Fund. He also helped create the Chief Diversity Officer position.
“Dr. Peck has been a tremendous part of the SFA family and will truly be missed,” Dr. Scott Gordon, president of SFA, said. “He has been a dedicated champion for helping students be successful inside the classroom and in co-curricular activities around campus. He is definitely a champion for the students. I wish Dr. Peck and his family much success in this new venture.”
Peck also mentored his fellow staff members as they graduated and started working at SFA.
“SFA has truly benefited from Dr. Peck's compassion and innovative leadership over the past 13 years,” Lacey Folsom, director of student engagement, said. “Personally, Dr. Peck served as a mentor as I transitioned from student to professional, and I am forever grateful for his guidance. He has served our University community and has represented Stephen F. Austin in countless leadership roles locally and nationally. We are thankful for his contributions to SFA and the Nacogdoches community, and he will be missed.”
Several SFA students have said they will miss Peck and all he did for them as students.
“Dr. Peck always made us feel important and in the loop as students,” Elizabeth Davitt, a junior nursing major from Humble, said. “I’m upset he’s going, but I hope he enjoys his new school. I hope they appreciate him.”
Another student said he was thankful for Peck’s dedication to all students.
“I am saddened that he is leaving SFA, but I am grateful for what he has done here,” Daniel Zamora, a junior psychology major from Beaumont, said. “He stands for all students and strives for equality and greatness. I will miss him dearly.”
Students also said they would miss his positivity on campus and online.
“Dr. Peck was someone you could go to, to ask anything and he would do whatever he could to help you.” Makenzie Middaugh, a senior early childhood education major from Houston, said. “His positive attitude was contagious, and his Twitter always put me in a good mood. I’ll miss his presence dearly, but I wish him all the luck in Illinois.”
Overall, Peck said he was grateful for his time at SFA and everyone he met while working here.
“In addition to missing our students, I will greatly miss the faculty and staff that I work with here,” Peck said. “So many schools struggle to collaborate with each other, but at SFA that collaboration has been part of everything I’ve been involved in. Everyone cares so much about students. I am also convinced that there are more one-of-a-kind people here than I’ve ever worked with before. Endings are always bittersweet. While I’m excited about what is coming, I’ll always have a special place in my heart for SFA.”