GALVESTON, Texas – Dr. Myles Shelton, president of Galveston College,
announced today the appointment of Dr. Van Patterson of Longview, Texas, to the
position of vice president for administration. He will succeed Dr. Gaynelle
Hayes, who retired Aug. 31 after 50 years of service at Galveston College.
has been the director of the Longview University Center, a branch campus of the
University of Texas at Tyler, since 2013, where his responsibilities include
day-to-day operation of the campus, building enrollment, fundraising,
increasing public awareness of the campus, and creating and overseeing an
annual budget. He also works closely with the Longview University Center
Development Council, community college and high school administrators, and
local business, community and government leaders.
Prior to joining UT Tyler,
Dr. Patterson served 17 years at Panola College in Carthage, Texas, where in
various roles his responsibilities included fundraising, marketing and public
relations, enrollment management, alumni affairs, academic advising and student
As vice president for
administration at Galveston College, Dr. Patterson will provide leadership in
the areas of public affairs, development, physical facilities, grounds,
security, information technology and auxiliary services, including
intercollegiate athletics, the college bookstore, campus housing and food
are delighted to have Dr. Patterson joining the Galveston College family,” Dr.
Shelton said in making the announcement. “We are confident that his knowledge
and expertise in so many different areas will benefit our college, our students
and our community.”
Dr. Patterson has a doctor of
education in higher education administration from Texas A&M
University-Commerce, a master of business administration from East Texas
Baptist University and a bachelor of business administration in marketing and
management from Baylor University. He has taught courses in research,
curriculum and instruction, and physical education.
“I am honored and excited
about this opportunity and will do everything I can to ensure that Galveston
College continues to be an institution the community can be proud to be
associated with and support,” Dr. Patterson said. “During my visit to Galveston
College I observed a great sense of camaraderie among the faculty, staff and
administration. This is wonderful working environment that I look forward to
Dr. Patterson and his wife,
Marty, have been married 28 years and are the parents of two children, David
and Holly. The Pattersons plan to make their home in Galveston.
Dr. Patterson’s first day at
Galveston College will be Sept. 17.