Peter (Pete) Van Houten | Casper College, Wyoming

Peter (Pete) Van Houten

Interim Dean, School of Social and Behavioral Sciences
LH 166

Casper College
125 College Drive
Casper, WY 82601

Contact me

Main Phone: 
pvanhouten [at]

My education

Ph.D., Education and Human Resources, Colorado State University

M.B.A., Business Administration, University of Wyoming 

B.A., Journalism, University of Wyoming

My bio

I grew as a child of the military, meaning we moved often throughout my childhood and teen years. After living in Germany and France through age 5, we resided for many years in various states across the American West. I graduated from the University of Wyoming in journalism and public relations, and worked for several years for newspapers and magazines as a reporter and editor in Wyoming, California and Idaho. In 1992, we moved back to Wyoming where I worked at Wyoming Medical Center, first as a communication specialist at the hospital, and eventually as the director of the marketing and public relations offices. I left the hospital as the director of the foundation. I came to Casper College 12 years ago, where I teach a variety of classes in journalism, film, public relations, multi-media, and communication. I am active in the community on a couple of non-profit boards.

I am married with two daughters. In my free time, I enjoy reading, writing and word puzzles. I also like playing all forms of sport, even though I usually play badly. This includes golf and basketball. I love all types of movies, and have spent the last two years watching a lot of older films made before 1980. I especially enjoy the movies from 1940 to 1955, when the film industry was most inventive. I am a proud member of a stock club that began in 1999 and has dramatically outperformed the market. I also love music, especially alternative music from 1994 to today. I tend to lean toward bands from England, especially those groups composed of brothers. I can’t explain the logic here, though I have seen my favorite band, Oasis, in four different venues including one memorable night in Dublin, Ireland. I am a huge Minnesota Twins fan and still dream of getting discovered some day on a softball diamond. My dream job, other than teaching at Casper College, would be playing third base for the Twins. I greatly enjoy traveling, and feel fortunate to have a brother living in Northern Ireland. Finally, I most enjoy my wife and girls and time with them in the Wyoming outdoors. My future goals are to learn Spanish and how to play the piano… unless of course, the Minnesota Twins come calling.