Howard Patterson
VP for Student Affairs
Administration
PHONE: (903) 566-7350 EMAIL: hpatterson@uttyler.edu
Howard Patterson
Howard Patterson

Dr. Howard Patterson serves as the Vice President for Student Affairs.  During the 2013-14 academic year he also served as an ACE Fellow at The University of Texas at Austin under President William Powers. Patterson was hired as UT Tyler’s first Assistant Dean of Student Affairs and Athletics Director in 2001, tasked with enhancing campus life, including starting a full NCAA DIII intercollegiate athletics program, essentially developing a program from scratch. 

Patterson was also tasked with enhancing campus life and making UT Tyler more of a residential campus.  Patterson has served the University in various capacities over his fourteen-year career, including Dean of Student Affairs, Assistant Vice President for Student Affairs, Interim Vice President and Vice President of Student Affairs, Vice President for Auxiliary Services, Vice President for Administration and Government Relations, and now VPSA again. 

Dr. Patterson was hired as the first athletic director at UT Tyler and assistant dean of student affairs in August 2001, tasked with enhancing campus life and starting a collegiate athletics program. This involved building all of the facilities, hiring the staff, gaining NCAA Division III membership - essentially developing a 17 sport NCAA Division III program from scratch and developing a comprehensive student affairs division.

He has overseen Enrollment Management, Financial Aid, News & Information, Marketing, Student Services, Career Services, Student Life and Leadership, the Student Health Clinic, Intercollegiate Athletics, the Herrington Patriot Center and Recreational Sports and Intramurals

Patterson serves on various community organizations, including being president of the Whitehouse ISD Board of Trustees, the Smith County Bar Foundation, the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors, Missional Renaissance Leadership Community, and the Whitehouse Parks & Recreation Board.

A New England native, born in Boston, Massachusetts, Patterson graduated from Springfield College. His first job was as the men’s soccer coach and instructor of physical education at Midwestern State in Wichita Falls. After 17 seasons and one of the winningest records in college soccer, he moved to San Antonio and served as the athletics director at Incarnate Word where he also coached men’s soccer for eight seasons, prior to coming to UT Tyler in 2001.

Dr. Patterson’s wife is a pre-kindergarten teacher and they have three children.  The oldest is teaching mathematics at Moore Middle School in Tyler ISD who has earned her Master of Education degree.  The middle one is a junior at UT Tyler majoring in teacher education and the youngest is a sophomore member of the Honors College and on the football team at Texas Tech University.

Administration
Howard Patterson
VP for Student Affairs
Mike Reed
Assistant AD, Business/Budget
Stefani Webb
Assistant AD, Branding/SWA
Jeff Williford
Assistant Director of the HPC/Athletic Operations