University of Utah President Chase Peterson has been installed as chairman of the National Association of State Universities and Land-Grant Colleges, the nation's oldest higher-education association.

He assumed the chairmanship Monday during the organization's annual convocation in Dallas, succeeding Stanley O. Ikenberry, president of the University of Illinois.Peterson is the first president of a Utah higher-education institution to be elected chairman of the association, which has a national membership of 149 institutions.

Formed in 1887, the association serves as a cohesive force for the principal state universities and land-grant colleges in the nation. The organization is the catalyst through which the collective strength of its members is brought to bear on the teaching and scientific research issues of common concern.

The organization also provides an educational link among member universities, which are state assisted, and the federal government. The association works to focus attention on the contributions of state and land-grant universities to American society through teaching, research and public service.

For five years prior to his appointment as U. president in 1983, Peterson was vice president for health sciences. He was previously vice president for alumni affairs and development at Harvard University.

A Logan native, Peterson graduated from Harvard College in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in American government. He received his medical degree from Harvard Medical School in 1956, and did post-graduate work at Yale University.