Bart Patterson was appointed as president of Nevada State College on April 30, 2012 after serving as interim president for six months. Through his years of service at NSHE, Bart is familiar with the mission of Nevada State College. In his role, he has established two top priorities. The first is to improve retention and graduation rates -- which is a top priority system wide. Secondly, to look at innovative ways to build NSC while dealing with limited state funding.
Bart previously served as the vice chancellor of administrative & legal affairs in September 2009, having previously served as the NSHE’s chief counsel since August 2006. As vice chancellor, he had responsibility for human resources, purchasing and legal operations statewide, and he managed the Las Vegas system office. Patterson also had responsibility for the Board of Regents efficiency and effectiveness initiative to examine ways of improving the efficiency of NSHE business operations. He also served the System as deputy general counsel, assistant general counsel, and as general counsel for the Community College of Southern Nevada and Nevada State College. Patterson is also an adjunct instructor in public policy at Nevada State College.
Prior to joining the NSHE in March 2001, Patterson was an attorney in private practice for over 13 years, including Daughton, Hawkins, Brockelman, Guinan and Patterson in Phoenix, the national law firm Bryan Cave, and locally with John H. Cotton & Associates.
Patterson earned a bachelor’s degree (magna cum laude) in political science from Utah State University in 1984, and a juris doctor (with honors) from Duke University School of Law in 1987. He is involved in various civic organizations and activities.