CSU, Chico News

CSU, Chico’s Ryan Patten Named American Council on Education Fellow

Date: 04-04-2017

Sean Murphy
Public Affairs

Ryan Patten, associate dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences at California State University, Chico, has been named an American Council on Education (ACE) Fellow for the 2017–18 academic year.

Founded in 1918, ACE is the major coordinating body for all the nation’s higher education institutions, representing nearly 1,800 college and university presidents and related associations. The ACE Fellows Program was established in 1965, and is designed to strengthen institutions and leadership in American higher education by preparing faculty and staff for senior positions in college and university administration through intensive mentorship.

“The list of accomplished administrators that have participated in the ACE Fellows Program is long and distinguished,” Patten said. “Being named an ACE Fellow and having the opportunity to make my own path in the Program is extremely humbling.”

Patten isn’t the only College of Behavioral and Social Sciences faculty member to be named an ACE Fellow. CSU, Chico President Gayle E. Hutchinson, dean of the College of Behavioral and Social Sciences from 2007–2013, is also a former ACE Fellow.

“Since I have known Ryan, I have witnessed him grow and mature as a leader,” said President Hutchinson, who nominated Patten for the honor. “I am thrilled that he will be a part of this prestigious national program that will further prepare him for future work in university administration.”

Patten started at CSU, Chico in 2007 as an associate professor in the political science department. He has since earned early tenure and promotion to full professor, and served as Criminal Justice Program coordinator and chair of the Department of Political Science. He has also served on various committees, including the Campus Security Task Force. In 2016, he was selected to be a part of the WASC Senior College and University Commission Assessment Leadership Academy.

Nearly 1,900 higher education leaders have participated in the ACE Fellows Program over the past five decades, with more than 80 percent of Fellows advancing to serve as senior leaders of colleges and universities.

“Ryan’s insight, his determination, and his ability to create collaborative solutions make him ideally situated to be a leader of higher education in the 21st century,” President Hutchinson said.

Patten said one of the strengths of the ACE Fellows Program is the requirement to come back to CSU, Chico and apply what he has learned.

“I’m excited to go learn best practices from other institutions across the country and use that information to help enhance the learning and working environment at CSU, Chico,” Patten added.