Brock to present Niagara College president with honorary degree

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Brock to present Niagara College president with honorary degree

Published on October 13 2009

Brock University will bestow an honorary degree upon Dan Patterson, president of Niagara College, at this year’s Fall Convocation, which will take place during two ceremonies on Saturday, Oct. 17.

“We are extremely pleased to be honouring President Patterson this way,” says President Jack Lightstone, Brock University. “He is a great leader in both the post-secondary education sector and the local community.

“Brock and Niagara College share a common commitment towards higher education and creating a positive impact on the cultural, economic, and social development of the region. As a result of President Patterson’s leadership and efforts, the College has become an increasingly important partner for Brock — a partnership that we hope will be a model for others.”

The ceremonies will be held in the Ian D. Beddis Gymnasium and a reception for graduates, family members and other guests will be held after each ceremony. Tickets are not required. All guests are welcome.

Saturday, Oct. 17, 2 p.m.
An honorary degree will be presented to Dan Patterson:

Brock is recognizing Dan Patterson for his outstanding leadership as president of Niagara College, his strong service and commitment to the Niagara community, and his advocacy for post-secondary education in Ontario.

Patterson was appointed President of Niagara College in 1995. Major achievements during his tenure include doubling the College's enrolment to more than 8,000 full-time students in more than 90 programs, overseeing a major restructuring of the College's administration, and construction of a $38 million state-of-the-art campus in Niagara-on-the-Lake — part of a $60-million Master Plan to expand and improve College facilities.

With an operating budget of more $100 million, Niagara College is presently in the midst of a $90-million campus redevelopment project to further expand student capacity and provide new and renovated modern learning environments at its Welland and Niagara-on-the-Lake campuses.

Patterson has played an integral role in establishing and strengthening partnerships with a variety of industries and public sector organizations — a key priority under his leadership.

He is known as a leader in the Ontario College system and is former Chair of the Committee of Presidents, which advocates on behalf of Ontario's 24 Colleges of Applied Arts and Technology. He led the committee through a critical time for the College system, which resulted in the introduction of baccalaureate degrees in Ontario Colleges and a new provincial mandate.

Patterson was appointed by Order-in-Council to serve on the College Compensation and Appointments Council, a provincial agency responsible for the appointment of governors to the 24 college boards, collective bargaining on behalf of the colleges, and providing strategic advice to the Ontario Minister of Training, Colleges and Universities on matters relating to colleges.

Patterson also has strong service links to the Niagara community. He has served as a member of a variety of organizations, including the Niagara Gateway Project, Vision Niagara Inc., Niagara Information Technology Management Board, Business Education Council, the St. Catharines-Thorold Chamber of Commerce, the United Way, was a founding Director of the Niagara Economic and Tourism Corporation and recipient of the Red Cross Power of Humanity Award.

He is currently a member of the Forum for International Trade Training Board of Directors, the Ontario College Library Service Management Board, St. Catharines-Thorold Prosperity Council, the Niagara Economic Development Corporation Board of Directors, and the Niagara Immigrant Employment Council Steering Committee. He is Chair of the Colleges Ontario Network for Industry Innovation and a Director on the Ontario Centres of Excellence Photonics Board.

A lifelong learner, Patterson received a BA in Political Science from the University of Windsor, a MSc from the London School of Economics, a MEd from the University of Toronto, and in 2005 he earned a PhD from the University of Toronto in the field of higher education. In 2003, he was presented with an Honorary Doctorate from Niagara University, New York State.

For media inquiries, contact Jeffrey Sinibaldi, media relations officer, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x4687;

For information about Convocation, contact Diane Uppal, Associate Registrar for Convocation, Brock University, 905-688-5550 x3249;

President Dan Patterson, Niagara College

President Dan Patterson, Niagara College