Troy University dedicates Patterson Hall Saturday

Posted: Saturday, 19 November 2011

TROY—An academic building at Troy University has a new name, as the University dedicated Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus Saturday.

Named for Dr. Douglas C. Patterson, who served as a senior administrator for more than 20 years, Patterson Hall was built in 2005. It was called the General Academic Building until the Troy University Board of Trustees voted to rename it to honor Patterson.

"I am truly humbled to receive this honor and wish to thank Dr. (Jack) Hawkins, the Board of Trustees, and the dedicated faculty and staff who served with me during my time at Troy University," Dr. Patterson said.

The ceremony also included remarks by Sen. Gerald Dial, president pro tempore of the Troy University Board of Trustees; Dr. Jack Hawkins, Jr., Chancellor; and Dr. Sam Shelton, past president of the Troy University Faculty Senate. The highlight of the ceremony was the unveiling of the portrait of Dr. Patterson that will be displayed permanently in the building's atrium. Dr. John W. Schmidt, Senior Vice Chancellor for Advancement and External Relations, served as master of ceremonies.

Chancellor Hawkins, who was a classmate of Dr. Patterson's at the University of Montevallo, said his long-time colleague has been instrumental to the growth and progress of Troy University over the last two decades.

"He is a consummate leader and my right hand," Dr. Hawkins said. "He continues to give sound advice in a consulting role to the University. Education in Alabama never had a better steward than Dr. Doug Patterson. He is one of the best administrators and leaders in higher education."

During his tenure as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Patterson was instrumental in developing and coordinating the strategic planning process for Troy University, and, while holding the office of Vice Chancellor, held interim positions as Provost and Vice President for Financial Affairs for the Troy Campus as well as Interim President for the Dothan Campus. In the five years prior to retirement, Dr. Patterson served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration; and, in that capacity, directed the institution's finance and budgeting, information technology, institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, and athletics.

Patterson Hall was built in 2005 to provide additional classroom and faculty office space. Its 42,000 square feet includes four multi-purpose, theater-style classrooms seating 120 students and 13 classrooms seating 60 students.

About Dr. Douglas C. Patterson

Dr. Douglas C. Patterson, a native of Mobile, Alabama, is retired from Troy University where he served as Vice Chancellor of Troy from 1989 until December 2007. He earned his bachelor's degree from Alabama College, a master's degree from the University of Montevallo and a doctorate from the University of Alabama.

Upon completion of his bachelor's degree in 1967, Patterson was commissioned a lieutenant in the U.S. Marine Corps and served as a platoon commander for a Combat Engineer Platoon and as an intelligence officer for the First Engineer Battalion of the First Marine Division in the Republic of Vietnam.

Patterson's professional background prior to Troy University includes serving as a high school counselor, as the Director of Counseling and Career Services at Jefferson State Junior College (1976-1979), and as Vice President for Instruction at the Alabama Institute for the Deaf and Blind (1979-1989).

During his tenure as Vice Chancellor, Dr. Patterson was instrumental in developing and coordinating the strategic planning process for Troy University, and, while holding the office of Vice Chancellor, held interim positions as Provost and Vice President for Financial Affairs for the Troy Campus as well as Interim President for the Dothan Campus. In the five years prior to retirement, Dr. Patterson served as Senior Vice Chancellor for Administration; and, in that capacity, directed the institution's finance and budgeting, information technology, institutional effectiveness, strategic planning, and athletics. He was instrumental in the University's move to Division I-A athletics, and his stewardship helped make many of the new buildings on campus possible.

Additionally, Dr. Patterson served three terms as a member of the Troy City Board of Education, a span of 15 years, and during this time served three times as chairman of this body. Dr Patterson currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Troy Regional Medical Center.

In the fall of 2007 Dr. Patterson was selected as Honorary Alumnus of the Year for Troy University in recognition of his contributions and many years of experience. On October 16, 2010, the Board of Trustees of the university recognized his years of service by naming the general academic building in his honor.

In his retirement, Dr Patterson works part time as Special Assistant to the Chancellor. Dr. Patterson's family includes his wife, Lise, their two daughters, Lauren and Natalie, and their late, beloved son, Chris. Dr. Patterson and his family are members of St. Mark's Episcopal Church.

About Patterson Hall

When put into operation in 2005, at almost 42,000 square feet, Patterson Hall increased classroom space on the Troy Campus by 22 percent.

Four multipurpose, theater-style classrooms on the first floor seat up to 120 students each. There are 13 additional 60-student classrooms located on the upper two floors.

Office space for faculty are included in the building's design, as is a conference room on the third floor.

In all, the building has a 1,300-student per hour capacity.

Classroom projection systems and wireless connectivity augment student learning and teaching.

The building's atrium is named in memory of Frances Daniel Branum, a 1993 TROY alumna and former member of the Troy University Foundation Board of Directors. The atrium features a bronze replica of a Terra Cotta warrior from Xian, China.

The funds for the construction of building were included in a bond issue that also renovated Clements Hall, a residential building.

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Dr. Doug Patterson tells the crowd that his "heart is in Troy University" during the dedication of a building in his honor Saturday.

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Dr. Doug Patterson and members of his family unveil the official portrait that will be displayed in the atrium of Patterson Hall on the Troy Campus. The University held a dedication ceremony Saturday naming the building in his honor. Standing, from left to right, are Dr. Doug Patterson; daughter Lauren Patterson, Ms. Lise Patterson, daughter Natalie Patterson Bryant and her husband, Randy Bryant.