Christal Peterson was named the Coordinator for Student-Athlete Success, Inclusion, and Leadership on July 26, 2018. Peterson spent the previous two years as the Graduate Assistant for Student-Athlete Welfare and Development at the University of Central Florida.
Peterson, who was a four-year member of the Knights track & field program, received her Bachelors of Science in Health Science at UCF, before completing her Masters of Sports Business Administration and Business Administration.
During her time in the UCF Student-Athlete Welfare and Development office, Peterson helped execute various initiatives and events design to empower and develop UCF student-athletes outside their respective fields. Peterson played a part in the Summer Knight Program that helped freshmen and transfer student-athletes transition to college. She also assisted student-athletes with career opportunities by partnering with several campus departments.
For Wheaton, Peterson will help to develop and implement a four-year comprehensive leadership program around the four key components of the Lyons "AllWheAre" campaign; Character, Performance, Involvement, and Self-Care. Through the "AllWheAre" campaign, Peterson will create, plan and implement diversity and inclusion, leadership and academic success programs for student-athletes. This will further develop character, personal and leadership development while preparing Wheaton student-athletes in their development to become global citizens.