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 two granddaughters.