About President Fos

President FosPeter J. Fos became the sixth leader and the first president in the history of the University of New Orleans in January 2012. A UNO graduate and New Orleans native, President Fos has extensive experience as an administrator and faculty member with a proven record of conducting research, fundraising, developing collaborative relationships with other academic institutions, and implementing institutional effectiveness and student success programs. 

Prior to being selected as UNO’s president, President Fos was a professor and program director of health policy and systems management at Louisiana State University Health Sciences Center. He was responsible for the academic aspects of the program, including curriculum development and assessment and student and faculty professional development. 

President Fos previously spent three years as provost and executive vice president at The University of Texas at Tyler. As provost he was responsible for undergraduate and graduate programs, sponsored research, assessment and institutional effectiveness, academic success program, international education, the honors program and the university registrar. In addition, he oversaw five academic colleges, the graduate school, the Robert R. Muntz Library, and the Palestine and Longview campuses. President Fos held the Sam A. Lindsey Endowed Chair, awarded to a recognized scholar in an academic discipline that is of strategic importance to the university. 

Prior to that, President Fos served as dean of the College of Health at The University of Southern Mississippi for four years. At Southern Miss, he was responsible for undergraduate and graduate programs for 3,000 students in seven departments and schools. Before his tenure at Southern Miss, President Fos also held the position of chief science officer at the Mississippi State Department of Health. 

President Fos has held faculty positions at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas School of Dental Medicine, where he served as chair of the Department of Clinical Sciences, and Tulane University School of Public Health and Tropical Medicine. He spent 17 years at Tulane University in the Department of Health Systems Management, and served as assistant dean for undergraduate relations. 

President Fos received his undergraduate degree in biological sciences at UNO, a doctor of dental surgery at LSU Health Sciences Center, and a master of public health and doctor of philosophy in health care decision analysis at Tulane University. He is married to Lori, who is also a UNO graduate.