Bernie L. Patterson became the 14th chancellor of the
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point in July 2010. During his first year of
leadership that coincided with significant statewide economic challenges,
Patterson and the UW-Stevens Point community helped lay the foundation for
long-needed reforms in the efficiency and effectiveness of public higher
education in Wisconsin.
During Patterson’s short tenure on campus, UW-Stevens Point
has developed a campuswide strategic plan to guide the academic programming and
operations of the university. A vision for the university has been articulated
as A Partnership for Thriving Communities with four major initiatives: Sustainability,
Arts and Humanities, Economic Development, and Health Care. The university has
also reestablished a clearer, collective understanding of the students’ role in
the university’s shared governance.
The university, under Patterson’s leadership, has strengthened
its ties within the local and regional communities, as well. The advancement
function has been significantly reorganized and made more robust, and advances
made in diversifying the senior leadership of the university. An enrollment
management model has been developed on campus.
Patterson’s career of service to higher education has
included leadership both in public and private university settings. Prior to
joining UW-Stevens Point, Patterson was provost and vice president for academic
affairs at Oklahoma City University, beginning in 2002. There he established
the Office of Institutional Research and Assessment, the Office of
International Education, the Office of Instructional Technology, the Center for
Excellence in Teaching and Learning, and the Fine Arts Institute. Other
initiatives included the university’s strategic and tactical plan, campus
master plan, assessment plan, summer reading program for incoming first-year
students, enrollment management programs, faculty fellow program, visiting scholars
program, national student scholar development coordinator, Phi Kappa Phi
chapter, and a focus on faculty recruitment including an emphasis on faculty
Patterson also served as a dean and assistant dean at two
institutions in the University of Georgia System—Georgia College and State
University, and Valdosta State University.
His professional activities include the Institute for
Educational Management at Harvard University, a Wye Faculty Fellowship at the
Aspen Institute, and a Fulbright tour in Tanzania, in 1992. He has led or
participated in international delegations to Belize, the Czech Republic, the
People’s Republic of China, the Republic of Hungary, the Republic of Ukraine,
Slovakia, the United Kingdom, the United Republic of Tanzania, and Taiwan. He
serves on the boards of directors for Marshfield Clinic System, Worzalla
Publishing Company, and Associated Bank North Central Advisory Board of
Patterson holds a Ph.D. and a Master of Arts in criminology
from State University of New York at Albany, an Education Specialist degree and
a Master of Science from the University of Central Missouri, and a Bachelor of
Science in Technology from Missouri Western State University.
He now resides in Plover with his wife, Cinda. He also has a
grown daughter who is a graduate of the University of Oklahoma School of Law.