Hello everyone! My name is Ashton Peterson, and I am excited beyond description to be joining the team at the APEC Center and the entire Division of Education. I am a South Carolina native hailing from a small upstate town named Inman (one of the last South Carolina exits on I-26 before you get to Asheville) and am a proud graduate of the University of South Carolina, where I double-majored in Biology and Psychology, and The Johns Hopkins University, where I received my graduate degree in Education. Outside of my work at Columbia College, I am an active member of Alpha Phi Alpha Fraternity, Inc. where I am afforded the opportunity to mentor local young people through our Young Pharaohs and E.E. Taylor Youth Leadership Academy. Finally, in my personal time, I am a loving dog Dad to my dog Simba and the plant Dad to over 80 common and some rare house plants that I maintain. Please feel free to reach out to me or stop by the APEC Center if you would like to learn more about me!