In the later months of 2022, Peter Howe was appointed as Executive Director of PCU and officially began his tenure in June 2023. As Executive Director, Peter oversees the management and operations of the university while contributing to and implementing the long-term strategic vision as a member of the PCU leadership team.
An Experienced Educational Leader
Peter Howe has spent nearly twenty years in leadership positions within the United World Colleges network of influential and highly-esteemed international schools. He started with the United World College (UWC) of the Adriatic in Italy in 2005 as Head of Economics and IB Coordinator, before assuming the roles of Director of Studies and Deputy Head in 2007, and ultimately Head or Rettore of the College in 2008. He was appointed Head of College at UWC Maastricht in the Netherlands in January 2012 and served as Principal of UWC Atlantic from March 2017 through July 2021.
He is currently a member of the Council of International Schools Summit of University and School Leaders Working Group and has served the International Baccalaureate Organisation (IBO) as an evaluation leader, team leader, workshop leader, and curriculum team member.
Peter’s background as an educational leader, along with his values of international cooperation and the promotion of sustainability through education, is ideally suited to PCU’s mission, vision and goals. The mission and values of the university resonate deeply with him, that is – to make a meaningful contribution to the world around us. A key aspect of his role is to support student agency and engagement and to continue to cultivate PCU as a student-centred institution which empowers learners through trust and authentic responsibility.
His approach to education is simple. Put the student at the centre because ‘they are the why of all that we do’. This has been a defining feature of PCU since its foundation in 2004 – to support students as they navigate their unique path from promise and potential to passion and purpose.