Our Keynote Speaker for our 5th Annual “An Evening of Global Hope” Gala is President of Nevada State College, Mr. Bart Patterson. We are happy to have this accomplished educator speak at this year’s fundraiser. Click here to learn more about our 2016 Gala.
In April 2012, our keynote speaker, Mr. Patterson was appointed as the seventh president of Nevada State College (NSC), Nevada’s fastest growing college. Bart has established the top priorities of NSC to continue building quality, affordable academic programs to boost the economy of southern Nevada. His goals are to increase student success, and identify public-private partnerships to creatively build out NSC’s 509 acre site in the foothills of Henderson.
Nationally, Bart serves on the Council of Representatives and the Grant Resource Center of the Association of State Colleges and Universities. He is also a frequent speaker and panelist on higher education issues.
Locally, Bart serves as a board member of various community organizations including the Henderson Chamber of Commerce, Dress for Success Southern Nevada, Workforce Connections and the Board of Trustees of the Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance. As a community representative, Bart was awarded the Las Vegas Latin Chamber of Commerce Chairman’s Award of Excellence for Community Leadership & Higher Education.
Before being selected President, Bart previously served as the Nevada System of Higher Education’s Chief Counsel commencing in August 2006 and then as the Vice Chancellor of Administrative & Legal Affairs in September 2009. He also served the NSHE as the first general counsel for the Community College of Southern Nevada and NSC. Patterson is an adjunct instructor in public policy at NSC. Prior to joining NSHE, Patterson was in the private practice of law.
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 an avid hiker and is especially proud of his three children – Amanda, Laura and Kendal – all of whom graduated or are attending college in Nevada.
Dr. Reeta Thukral,President and Founder of Global Charity Foundation