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ASU appoints Patterson as dean of Morrison School

January 17, 2007
ASU has announced the appointment of Paul Patterson as dean of the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, effective immediately.

Patterson has been interim dean since July 1. As interim dean, he guided the transition of the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, bringing together the business administration, real estate and agribusiness programs at ASU's Polytechnic campus.

As dean of the Morrison School, he will be responsible for the execution of academic programs, financial management, enrollment, generating private and other outside revenue, retention of undergraduate students, and building academic excellence at the undergraduate and graduate levels. He will report to the executive vice president and university provost and will work closely with the vice president and executive vice provost at the Polytechnic campus.

The school offers undergraduate and graduate degrees, and partners with ASU's W. P. Carey School of Business in Tempe to offer a concentration in Agribusiness at the doctorate level.

“As dean of the Morrison School of Management and Agribusiness, I am committed to advancing the university's mission of providing access to students seeking top quality educational opportunities in business and agribusiness,” Patterson says.

Patterson anticipates that research will become an even more integral part of the school.

“Strengthening the research capacity of the school to provide new discoveries important for business and society, particularly in the agribusiness sector, is a priority,” he says. “The school is fortunate to have a dedicated staff and several nationally and internationally recognized faculty members to support our efforts.”

Patterson has been a faculty member in the Morrison School since 1995, where he has held positions of increasing responsibility. He has served on the Academic Assembly for six years as parliamentarian, president-elect and most recently as its president. He is well-published and has been recognized with distinctions from the university, as well as national associations and the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Patterson earned his bachelor's degree in agricultural business and economics from Auburn University, and his master's and doctoral degrees in agriculturaleconomics from Purdue University.