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September 4, 2012

Media Contact:  Hannah Buchanan
Public Affairs Specialist
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The University of Texas at Tyler
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September 4, 2012

Dr. Howard Patterson, vice president for administration and government relations at The University of Texas at Tyler, will participate in a national leadership development program, UT Tyler President Rodney Mabry announced.

Patterson is one of 20 senior-level administrators in higher education nationwide selected by the Council of Independent Colleges and the American Academic Leadership Institute to participate in a yearlong Executive Leadership Academy.

Individuals chosen for the program are experienced vice presidents or cabinet officers in higher education who aspire to gain a more in-depth understanding of the administration of higher education institutions at independent colleges or universities. The academy’s purpose is to help prepare CAOs to serve as effective college leaders and presidents.

“Dr. Patterson is a model candidate for this leadership program. He has had a very impactful career at UT Tyler, having been involved in nearly every aspect of campus administration,” President Mabry said. “Dr. Patterson and the university will benefit from his participation in the Executive Leadership Academy.”

As a participant, Patterson will attend two seminars and ongoing webinars, participate in a mentoring program, develop experiential learning projects focused on specific areas of higher education administration responsibility and complete a series of readings and case studies.

“Competition for the available places in the program was intense,” said Richard Ekman, president of the Council of Independent Colleges. “The review committee found the nomination materials to be most impressive.”

Serving UT Tyler since 2001, Patterson holds degrees from Springfield College in Mass., Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls and the University of North Texas in Denton.

For more information about the Executive Leadership Academy, visit the academy website.

One of the 15 campuses of the UT System, UT Tyler offers excellence in teaching, research, artistic performance and community service. More than 80 undergraduate and graduate degree programs are available at UT Tyler, which has an enrollment of almost 7,000 high-ability students at its campuses in Tyler, Longview and Palestine.
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