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About Karl E. Peace

Biography, Disciplines and Teaching Interests
Dr. Karl Peace is senior research scientist and professor of biostatistics in the Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) at Georgia Southern University and Adjunct Professor of Biostatistics at the VCU School of Medicine. He holds a Ph.D. in biostatistics from the Medical College of Virginia, a M.S. in mathematics from Clemson University, a B.S. in chemistry from Georgia Southern College and a Health Science Certificate from Vanderbilt University.

Peace's first career was that of teaching and research at the university level at Georgia Southern, Clemson University, Virginia Commonwealth University and Randolph-Macon College. He holds or has held adjunct appointments at the Medical College of Virginia, the University of Michigan, Temple University, the University of North Carolina and Duke University.

His second career was in research, technical support and management in the pharmaceutical industry. He held the positions of senior statistician at Burroughs-Wellcome, manager of clinical statistics at A.H. Robins, director of research statistics at SmithKline and French Labs, senior director of GI Clinical Studies, Data Management and Analysis at G.D. Searle, and vice president of worldwide technical operations at Warner Lambert/Parke-Davis. He then founded Biopharmaceutical Research Consultants, Inc. (BRCI), where he held the positions of president, chief executive officer and chief scientific officer.  He has made pivotal contributions in the development and approval of drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease, to prevent and treat gastrointestinal ulcers, to reduce the risk of myocardial infarction, to treat anxiety, depression and panic attacks, to treat hypertension and arthritis and several antibiotics.
 He is or has been a member of several professional and honorary societies, including the American Public Health Association, the American Statistical Association, the Drug Information Association, the Regulatory Affairs Professional Society, the Biometric Society, Technometrics, the American Society for Quality Control, Biometrika, and Kappa Phi Kappa. He is a past member of the Committee on Applied and Theoretical Statistics, National Research Council, National Academy of Science.

He is the recipient of numerous citations and awards including:
1. The first recipient of the Karl E. Peace Leadership Award from the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health
2. 2012 University System of Georgia Board of Regents’ Alumni Hall of Fame Award,
3. Fellow of the American Statistical Association (ASA),
4. First President’s Medal for outstanding contributions to Georgia Southern University,
5. Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar,
6. Several distinguished meritorious service awards from the American Public Health   Association, the Drug Information Association, the Southwest GA Cancer Coalition, the Deming Conference, and the International Chinese Statistical Association;
7. Several distinguished alumni awards from the Medical College of Virginia and Georgia Southern University,
8. Deen Day Smith Humanitarian Award,
9. Tito Majaries Lifetime Achievement Award from the Philippine Statistical Association, and
10. Award for outstanding research and scholarly contributions from Georgia Southern University. In addition,
11. His contributions to Education, Public Health and Drug Development have been cited by both the Georgia and US Houses of Representatives, and
12. The American Statistical Association recently created the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical contributions for the Betterment of Society (Marvin Zelen and Fritz Scheuren were the First Recipients).

Dr. Peace is a reviewer or editor of several journals and is the founding editor of the Journal of Biopharmaceutical Statistics, now in its 22th year. He has contributed to the medical, scientific and statistical literature by authoring or co-authoring over 150 articles and 10 books. One of his books, Biopharmaceutical Statistics for Drug Development has been translated into several foreign languages including Japanese, and has been used extensively as ‘the bible for drug development' in the Japanese pharmaceutical industry. He has been Chair of: the Biostatistics Subsection of the Pharmaceutical Manufacturers Association (PMA), the Biopharmaceutical Section of the ASA, the Training Committee of the PMA Biostatistics Subsection, and the Chair of the Statistics Section of the APHA.

Peace has a lengthy record of philanthropy to education and public health. He has created 21 endowments at five institutions.
- Fourteen of these are at Georgia Southern University, including five for students from his native Baker County, Ga.  Additionally at Georgia Southern, Peace endowed the (i) Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health (JPHCOPH) - the first school of public health in the University System of Georgia; (ii) the first Eminent Scholar Chair (in Biostatistics); (iii) the J.P Hsu/ K.E. Peace Eminent Scholar Chair in Public Health; (iv) founded the Karl E. Peace Center for Biostatistics; (v) the Karl E. Peace Public Health Library, and (vi) brought the Central Office of the International Chinese Statistical Association to the JPHCOPH.
- Two of these are at the University of California at Berkeley, including the JP Hsu/ KE Peace Chair in Biostatistics.
- Three of these are at the VCU School of Medicine (previously the Medical College of Virginia), including the Hans Carter Professorship in Biostatistics.

Peace is also Founder and Chair of the internationally renowned Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistical Symposium (BASS) – which generates funds to support graduate work in Biostatistics. To date, this fund has enabled 50 students to obtain the MPH, Dr.PH, PhD or MD.

Peace also contributed to the growth of  biostatistics and public health in the university system of Georgia (USG). Since he developed the first degree in biostatistics (MPH) and endowed the first school of public health in the USG, other institutions [U GA and Health Sciences University (Medical College of GA)] have instituted degrees in biostatistics and schools or institutes of public health.

In addition, Dr. Peace (1) Funded a cancer screening study (and helped write the protocol) under the auspices of the SW GA Cancer Coalition that led to (his native) Baker County (GA) having the largest screening rates in the nation for breast, colorectal and cervical cancers [received national attention via Sanya Gupta of CNN with interviews of Dr. James Hotz (study director) and Lance Armstrong]; (2) Has worked extensively with the Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, GA: As 2010 capital campaign chair for the Club, he issued a challenge to the public that he would match all donations (which led to raising $144,000 for that organization). He also funded 4 interns for the Club that led to an updated computer system which will enable future cost benefit analyses to be conducted. In addition, he often gives talks to the Club and has made numerous in kind donations to that organization. Last summer the Club created the Karl E. Peace Academic Achievement Center. (3) Made donations to the American Public Health Association that allowed students submitting research papers in biostatistics to attend the annual meetings.

Disciplines: Biostatistics
Teaching Interests: Clinical Trial Methodology, Drug Research and Development


2002 - Present Georgia Cancer Coalition Distinguished Cancer Scholar, Georgia Southern University
2000 - Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Public Health, Jiann-Ping Hsu College of
Present Professor, Georgia Southern University Biostatistics, Epidemiology and Environmental Health Sciences, Department of

Curriculum Vitae


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Honors and Awards

  • Metropolitan ASQC Section (Deming Conference) Meritorious Service Award (1986)
  • Candidate, Vice President, DIA (1988)
  • Metropolitan ASQC Section (Deming Conference) Meritorious Service Award (1989)
  • Fellow, American Statistical Association, (1990)
  • Star Alumnus, School of Basic Sciences, Medical College of Virginia (1991)
  • Drug Information Association Meritorious Service Award (1991)
  • Metropolitan ASQC Section Meritorious Service Award (1992)
  • Featured Alumnus, School of Basic Sciences, Medical College of Virginia (1993)
  • Alumnus of the Year: Allen Paulson College of Science and Technology, Georgia Southern University (1996)
  • Alumnus of the Year: Private Enterprise, Georgia Southern University (2003)
  • President’s Special Recognition Award, ICSA (June 2004)
  • Certificate of Appreciation from the Philippine Statistical Association (December 16, 2004)
  • Georgia Southern University’s Greatest Benefactor (2004)
  • Certificate of Recognition, Georgia Cancer Coalition (May 7, 2004)
  • First Recipient of the President’s Medal for Outstanding and Meritorious Contributions to Georgia Southern University (April 2005)
  • Recipient of the Founder’s Society Medal for Outstanding and Meritorious Contributions to the Medical College of Virginia (May 2005)
  • Member, Scientific Review Committee, GA-CORE of GCC (2005)
  • Meritorious Service Award: Biopharmaceutical Applied Statistics Symposium (2006)
  • Senior Scientific Adviser, Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition (2006-2009)
  • JPHCOPH Outstanding Researcher Award, Georgia Southern University (April 2007)
  • Certificate of Appreciation, Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition (August 17, 2007)
  • Meritorious Service Award, Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition (August 17, 2007)
  • APHA Statistics Section Award for contributions to the Pharmaceutical Industry, American Public Health Association (November 6, 2007)
  • Deen Day Smith Service to Mankind Award (March 25, 2008)
  • Shining Star Award by the Georgia State Legislature for contributions to biostatistics and public health in the State of Georgia (March 27, 2008)
  • Georgia House Resolution HR #2118: Georgia General Assembly recognizes Dr. Karl E. Peace as a Distinguished Georgian (April 04, 2008)
  • Contributions of Karl E. Peace to the field of statistics: Statistics Newsletter, CRC Press (July, 2008).
  • Editor: Journal of the Philippine Statistical Association, Oct., 2008 – 2011
  • Recipient of the Academic Year 2008-2009 Award in Excellence in Research and/or Creative Scholarly Activity, Georgia Southern University
  • Recipient of the Tito Mijares Life Time Achievement Award, Philippine Statistical Association, Dec. 5, 2008
  • Cited by the US House of Representatives for contributions to drug research and development, public health, and professional service: US Congressional Record, Page E2195 (September 08, 2009)
  • Chair Elect, APHA Statistics Section 2009 - 2010
  • Program Chair, APHA Statistics Section 2009 - 2010
  • Chair, APHA Statistics Section 2010 - 2011
  • Board of Directors Advisory Committee, Southwest Georgia Cancer Coalition (2010 - )
  • Co-Chair, Capital Campaign: Boys and Girls Club of Bulloch County, GA, personally matched Donations from the local community (2010 - )
  • Distinguished Service Award, Deming Conference, Atlantic City, NJ, Dec. 6, 2010
  • GSU President’s Reception honoring contributions of Karl E. Peace to Georgia Southern University and unveiling Portrait of Dr. Peace to hang in Hendricks Hall, home of The Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, July 28, 2011
  • Karl E Peace Center for Academic Advancement, Bulloch County Boys & Girls Clubs, Statesboro, GA, dedicated August 30, 2011
  • Subject of the Karl E. Peace Award for Outstanding Statistical Contributions for the Betterment of Society: the American Statistical Association, established 2012
  • USG Foundation Board of Trustees 2012 Regent’s Hall of Fame Alumni Award, March 31, 2012
  • Delta Omega chapter Karl E. Peace Leadership Award, May 1, 2012
  • Special Presidential Award for Service: International Chinese Statistical Association, June, 2012
  • Special recognition from the Statistics Profession for contributions to the profession and to statistical education, November, 2013
  • Recipient, GPHA Sellers-McCroan Award for Improving Public Health through academic and laboratory advancement, March, 2014
  • Inducted into the Gamma Theta Chapter of the Delta Omega Honorary Society in Public Health at Georgia Southern University’s Jiann-Ping Hsu College of Public Health, April, 2014
  • Editor (2014 - ): Austin Biometrics and Biostatistics Journal
  • Subject of “Extraordinary Journey” featured in Legacy Brochure, Randolph-Macon College, May, 2015
  • Commencement Speaker: “Fruits and Labors of a Purpose Driven Life.: Biostatistics Graduates, VCU School of Medicine, Richmond, VA May 08, 2015.


  • Clinical Trials Methodology (BIOS 7231)
  • Statistical Issues in Drug Research and Development (BIOS 7431)
  • Advanced Clinical Trial Methods (BIOS 7433)


1976 Ph.D. in Biostatistics, Medical College of Virginia
1964 M.S. in Mathematics, Clemson University
1963 B.S. in Chemistry, Georgia Southern University

Contact Information

PO Box 8015
Statesboro, GA 30460
Phone: (912) 478-7905
Office: Hendricks Hall


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