Vice Chancellor for Rural, Community and Native Education
Evon Peter was appointed vice chancellor for rural, community and Native education at the University of Alaska Fairbanks by Chancellor Brian Rogers in July 2014. A UAF alumnus, Peter is Neetsaii Gwich'in and Koyukon from Arctic Village, Alaska, where he served three years as the tribal chief. He currently serves as a board member to the Gwich'in Council International, which represents Gwich'in nation interests in the Arctic Council forum. His international work also includes participation in the United Nations forum and locally has focused on implementing health, leadership and workforce development projects. Evon co-founded Native Movement with his wife Enei Begaye Peter (Navajo) in 2004, a national nonprofit Indigenous youth leadership development and sustainability organization. Since 2009, he served as CEO of Gwanzhii LLC, a firm providing strategic planning, program development and other services to private and public institutions throughout Alaska. He holds a baccalaureate degree in Alaska Native studies and a master's degree in rural development. He resides in Fairbanks with his wife and four children.