Dolphin Award for Outstanding Service and Contribution to the College by a Member of the Full-Time Faculty: Jonathan Peters, Professor, School of Business.
You joined the Business faculty at the College of Staten Island as an Assistant Professor in the year 2000 and became a tenured Professor in 2010. You are also a member of the Doctoral faculty of The City University of New York. You received an AAS in Civil Engineering Technology and a BS in Economics from the College of Staten Island, an MA in Economics from Hunter College, and a PhD in Economics from The City University of New York. Your academic career has been deeply committed to serving our students and the people of Staten Island with an emphasis on public finance and alleviating the perpetual transportation woes that face the Borough’s citizens. You co-authored a report on transportation in 2003 that set the stage for political and civic leaders to make improvements like the extension of bus service over the Bayonne Bridge to connect Staten Islanders to jobs in Jersey City, and present-day plans to provide the North and West Shores of the Island with light rail and rapid transit bus service. Our students benefit from your efforts as primary author of a federal grant that secured initial funding for the Staten Island Ferry shuttle bus. Beyond transportation, you are currently working with President Fritz and other faculty members to formulate hazard response policy in the wake of Superstorm Sandy in an effort to save lives in the future. In addition, you lend your expertise to many local and regional bodies, including the Staten Island Economic Development Corporation and the CSI Auxiliary Services Corporation, and you are a founding member of the CSI Transportation Committee and the founder of the CUNY Social Policy Simulation Center at CSI, where you involve our students in your research.
Today, we celebrate your dedication to our College, our students, and our community.