Hall of Fame Member Biographies

Virginia L. Peters

Dr. Virginia L. Peters is a Professor Emeritus from the University of Central Oklahoma. She retired in 1992 after teaching at Central for thirty-four years. Her academic discipline was health and physical education. During her years at UCO she served as teacher, department chairman, intramural director, coach, director of women’s athletics, coordinator of HPE graduate studies and sponsor of student organizations. Peters has been recognized by students and professional colleagues as an outstanding teacher and administrator and by the community and state as a very service-oriented professional. She has served as an instructor for the American Red Cross and for the Edmond Medical Center; has been Director of the State Special Olympics; and has directed sports events for the Amateur Athletic Union and the YMCA. Peters has authored articles for professional publications and has served as a keynote speaker at many professional, community and state conferences. She has been a strong advocate for health and physical education; for girls’ and women’s sports; for the University of Central Oklahoma; and for higher education. Peters has received numerous honors and awards including the Distinguished Former Student Award from UCO; the Honor, Scholar and Presidential Awards from the Oklahoma and the Southern District Associations for Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance; and the Pathfinder Award from the National Association of Girls and Women in Sport. Since her retirement, Peters has continued to serve the University of Central Oklahoma in many ways and to be a positive representative of Oklahoma higher education.