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 two granddaughters.

State of the University Address Presentation SlidesChancellor Patterson's presentation slides from his August 30 State of the University Address are available as a PDF file.
State of the University Address Watch Chancellor Patterson’s State of the University Address
New UWSP Chemistry Biology Building highlights exceptional work on campusIn Chancellor Patterson's August 27 article in the Stevens Point Journal, he discusses the new Chemistry Biology Building on campus and the positive impact it will have for faculty, staff, and students.
Let's have constructive, informed dialogue about UW-Stevens PointIn Chancellor Patterson's June 14 article in The Capital Times, he discusses fact vs. fiction in regards to the Point Forward proposal.
Humanities will continue under proposed changes at UW-Stevens PointIn Chancellor Patterson's March article of the Stevens Point Journal, he discusses the recent proposed changes at UWSP and addresses some misconceptions about the proposal

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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 Sara Brandl-Reeves at or 715-346-2123.