Chancellor Bernie L. Patterson
Chancellor Bernie Patterson

Bernie Patterson has led UW-Stevens Point since 2010, guiding the strategic plan and vision of the university while strengthening ties with local and regional communities. After a five-year student-led effort, differential tuition was approved by the UW System Board of Regents in 2015. The first comprehensive capital campaign in the 122-year history of UW-Stevens Point was launched in spring 2016, as well as the groundbreaking of the $75 million Chemistry Biology Building, the university's first new free-standing academic building built in more than 40 years. 

Previously he was the provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma City University, where he established offices for institutional research, international education and instructional technology, as well as a teaching and learning center. Bernie also served as a dean at Georgia College and State University and as a faculty member at Valdosta State University.  He has traveled extensively as an educational delegate. In addition to his bachelor's degree from Missouri Western State University, he holds a Ph.D. and Master of Arts in criminology from State University of New York at Albany, and an Educational Specialist degree and a Master of Science from the University of Central Missouri. 

Bernie resides in Plover, and is active in several local and regional organizations. He has a daughter who is a practicing attorney, and a two-year-old granddaughter.

Invest in the FutureLearn more about UWSP faculty and staff salaries.
Second Community Budget Briefing PowerPointView the PowerPoint presentation from the June 7 community budget forum
Retention Initiative LaunchedChancellor Patterson launches an initiative to improve student retention
Sustainability woven through UWSPChancellor Patterson's March article in the Stevens Point Journal highlights UWSP's long commitment to sustainability.
UW-Stevens Point Renews RoleIn Chancellor Patterson's November article in the Stevens Point Journal, he discusses how UWSP is committed to the Wisconsin Idea and civic engagement.


Chancellor Bernie Patterson
2100 Main St.
Room 213 Old Main
Stevens Point WI 54481
phone: (715) 346-2123
fax: (715) 346-4841
To request a meeting with or speaking appearance by Chancellor Patterson, please contact Jean Scherer, Administrative Assistant to the Chancellor, at or 715.346.2123.