Alum Michael A. Peterson named to Board of Trustees

Michael A. Peterson

Michael A. Peterson of Massillon, Ohio, director of Global Investigations and Security Services for Goodyear, has been named to the Youngstown State University Board of Trustees by Gov. John Kasich.

Peterson, whose nine-year term runs through 2025, replaces Sam Grooms on the board. Grooms submitted his resignation from the board earlier this year, saying that he and his wife have assumed official residence in the state of Florida. State law requires trustees to live in Ohio.

Peterson, who earned a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice from YSU and played on the Penguin football team, has nearly three decades of experience in security consulting, human resources and investigative services, including work as a court investigator, intensive probation supervisor and law enforcement officer. Peterson, who also holds graduate honors from the Wharton Business School Executive Leadership Program, is now director of Global Investigations and Security Services at Goodyear. His investigative work in sexual harassment, fraud, corporate espionage, workplace violence, active shooter and ethics violations has taken him to 20 countries across six continents. His civic work includes service to the Department of Homeland Security, the executive board of the National Police Museum, Overseas Advisory Council and Chief Security Officer’s roundtable and a commissioner on the Ohio Turnpike and Infrastructure Commission.