The Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce board has elected the University of Texas at Tyler’s Howard Patterson to the post of chairman-elect.
He will take office on Oct. 1, then assume the role of chairman in 2017. He will follow Claude Henry, the current chairman-elect, who is set to take office as chairman on Oct. 1.
Patterson is vice president for student affairs at UT Tyler. He joined the university in 2001 as its first athletic director and as assistant dean of student affairs.
Among his accomplishments there is the launch of the NCAA Division III athletic program.
Chamber Chairman Bob Westbrook said Patterson is an ideal candidate for the position.
“Dr. Patterson has been extremely active in the chamber over the last several years, and he’s been a very valuable asset to us,” Westbrook said. “With the successes he’s achieved at UT Tyler, he’s a perfect match for this. He brings all of the important perspective to this: business, education and community.”
Patterson has served the chamber in the roles of chairman of the Convention & Visitors Bureau, SPORTyler, the Business and Area Development Councils and as a member of the executive committee and board.
According to information provided by the chamber, Patterson’s wife is a preschool teacher, and they have three children. Their oldest daughter teaches mathematics at Moore Middle School, their younger daughter is an elementary education major at UT Tyler, and their son attends Texas Tech University, where he’s in the Honors College and was on the 2015 football team.
Patterson was born in Boston and graduated from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts. He began his higher education career as a men’s soccer coach and instructor at Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls. He also was an athletic director and assistant professor at the University of the Incarnate Word in San Antonio.