JAMESTOWN, N.D. — The University of Jamestown has named a new president, and its first female leader.

School Executive Vice President Polly Peterson will succeed current President Robert Badal when he retires next February.

Peterson currently oversees the university’s offices of Institutional Advancement and Business Affairs. She also has led the school’s $60 million capital campaign that includes the recent construction of Harold Newman Arena.

Peterson will become the university’s 14th president. She will be the school’s first female president in its134-year history.

Badal has been president since 2002.

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