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Dr. Bernie L. Patterson

​​​​​​​Chancellor, University of Wisconsin – Stevens Point

Previously provost and vice president for academic affairs at Oklahoma City University where 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, and a focus on faculty recruitment including an emphasis of faculty diversity. In 2010 Patterson became the 14th chancellor of UW—Stevens Point. During his short time on campus Patterson and the university community have helped lay the foundation for long-needed reforms in the efficiency and effectiveness of public higher education in Wisconsin. A new strategic plan has been developed and a vision for the university has been articulated as A Partnership for Thriving Communities with four major initiatives:

  • Sustainability
  • Arts and Humanities
  • Economic Development
  • Health Care

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.


BS from Missouri Western State University

MS and Education Specialist degrees from Central Missouri State University

Ph.D. and MA from State University of New York at Albany​