President’s Biography

Meet Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., President of William Peace University.

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., is the 11th president of William Peace University and took office in July 2015. In his short tenure, Dr. Ralph has led a renaissance at WPU.

Student success has improved substantially as first-year retention increased dramatically, 100 percent of student submissions to the National Center for Undergraduate Research were accepted this year, resulting in the largest group of attendees in WPU’s history. WPU has added nine new majors in the last 12 months and proudly placed 96% of its graduating class in jobs or graduate school within one year of their commencement. Furthermore, the University successfully garnered a $100,000 grant from the Cannon Foundation, and has recently partnered with the YMCA of the Triangle to launch Men’s and Women’s Swimming, in addition to the recent announcement of Men’s and Women’s Lacrosse. The University launched its new Believe in Peace Strategic Plan in May 2017, and is in the process of developing a new campus master plan.

Dr. Brian Ralph, President of WPU.

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D., is the 11th President of Peace

“William Peace University has an important role to play in higher education. We have had a great start on several priorities: growing enrollment, meeting alumni and friends throughout the state and region, and strengthening our academics. I personally am enjoying getting to know our students, faculty, and staff. It will be exciting to undertake a comprehensive strategic planning process so that we can create an exciting road map to our future.”

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D.
William Peace University President

Signature of Dr. Brian Ralph, President of WPU.

Dr. Ralph’s Career

Dr. Ralph’s career includes leadership roles at Hocking College in Ohio, Bethany College in West Virginia and Queens University in North Carolina. Dr. Ralph has had a number of professional affiliations over the years, including The Fifty Group, Leadership Triangle Executive program; board member of the North Carolina Independent Colleges and Universities (NCICU), Cooperating Raleigh Colleges (CRC) and Independent College Enterprise (ICE).

As president of WPU, Dr. Ralph oversees a student body of more than 1,000 full and part-time students enrolled in undergraduate day, evening, and online programs, and an alumni body of more than 9,000. More than 90 percent of graduates enter careers or go on to graduate school after graduation, with the classes of 2013 and 2014 reporting a 97 percent placement rate.

Dr. Brian Ralph, President of William Peace University and WPU Students.

Dr. Ralph meets and greets students during his first day on the job

“As our students achieve higher levels of success, the dynamics and opportunities for the university will change as well. Enrollment will continue to grow, philanthropic interest will increase, we will retain and attract talented and dedicated faculty and staff, and the school will achieve financial vibrancy.”

Brian C. Ralph, Ph.D.
William Peace University President

Signature of Dr. Brian Ralph, President of WPU.
WPU president Dr. Brian Ralph pictured with his wife and three daughters.

Personal Life

Dr. Ralph received his Bachelor of Science degree from Bloomsburg University, and both a Master in Business Administration and Doctorate of Philosophy in Organizational Communication and Culture from Ohio University.

He is also an alumnus of Leadership Charlotte and the Institute for Educational Management at Harvard University, and participated (along with his wife, Kristen) in the Council of Independent Colleges’ Presidential Vocation and Institutional Mission program.

He and his wife Kristen have been married 22 years and have three teenage daughters.