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UT Tyler Names Howard Patterson VP Student Affairs
Dr. Howard Patterson has been appointed the next vice president for student affairs at The University of Texas at Tyler, President Rodney H. Mabry announced.
Patterson, who has served as interim vice president since July 2007, succeeds Dr. Dale Lunsford who is the current president at LeTourneau University.
Patterson’s appointment is effective immediately.
One of four finalists, Patterson was chosen from a pool of 73 applicants from across the nation.
“Dr. Patterson will be a great asset to our administration. The expertise and institutional knowledge that he brings to the position will help us remain on course as we continue to enhance student affairs through existing programs and the development of new ones,” President Mabry said.
Patterson comes to the position after serving as assistant vice president for student affairs and external relations/athletic director since 2006. He has been with the university for seven years.
“I am excited that the process is over and that we can move forward and continue to enhance programs and services for our students. UT Tyler is a phenomenal place with outstanding students, faculty and staff, and it is my goal to work with all three groups to help insure the success of our students and to make UT Tyler a destination campus,” said Patterson.
Under Patterson’s leadership, student affairs established a nationally-recognized NCAA Division III athletic program, which consists of 15 men’s and women’s sports. The teams have captured 15 conference titles and one national title for having the best athletic service program nationwide in its division.
During his tenure at UT Tyler he oversaw and coordinated many of the current student affairs enhancements, including the design and construction of the 127,000 square-foot Herrington Patriot Center and Citizens 1st Bank/Perkins Soccer Complex, as well as the Summers Tennis Center renovation.
Patterson was involved in the planning, construction and implementation of the University Clinic for student health care and the $15 million three-story University Center addition, which is currently under construction and should be completed in August 2008.
The renovation of the existing University Center, in which he also is involved, will begin in fall 2008.
He also helped expand student development to include orientation and Greek life and established the Campus Activities Board.
One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 90 undergraduate and graduate degrees are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of more than 6,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.