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New Dean Appointed for Robertson School of Government

| May 29, 2012

Dr. Eric Patterson

Following a national search, Dr. Eric Patterson has been appointed as dean of Regent University's Robertson School of Government, effective July 1. Most recently, Patterson served as associate director of the Berkley Center for Religion, Peace and World Affairs and visiting assistant professor in the Department of Government at Georgetown University.

"Dr. Patterson brings an extraordinary background to the Robertson School of Government—one so diverse that his leadership and expertise will have an immediate, positive impact on our students, faculty and staff," said Regent president, Dr. Carlos Campo. "We are grateful that God has called the Pattersons here, and we welcome them to the Regent family to join us in preparing the next generation of great leaders."

At Georgetown, Patterson led two of the Berkley Center's initiatives. The first was a program devoted to teaching and scholarship on the intersection of religion, conflict and peace. The second was the center's Government Outreach program, which brought expertise and resources to government agencies on religion and world affairs. Patterson has spoken at and led seminars at the U.S. Military Academy, the U.S. Naval Academy, the Armed Forces Chaplains Center, National Defense University, the Pentagon, the Naval Postgraduate School, the Foreign Service Institute and other government venues.

He also has considerable U.S. government experience. He served as a White House Fellow and special assistant to the director of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management in 2007-2008 and has had two appointments in the State Department's Bureau of Political and Military Affairs, where he worked on international small arms and light weapons security issues. He is also an officer and commander in the Air National Guard, having deployed to Southwest Asia in 2011.

"Regent graduates committed to a Christian worldview that emphasizes integrity, excellence and dignity of the individual are sorely needed in public service today," Patterson said. "My job as dean is to root the present in the future: to build on our proud heritage with both eyes focused on the challenges our students will face in 2020 and beyond."

His research and teaching focuses on religion and politics, ethics and international affairs, and just-war theory in the context of contemporary conflict. He is the author or editor of 10 books, including most recently: Ending Wars Well: Just War Thinking and Post-Conflict (Yale University Press, 2012), Ethics Beyond War's End (Georgetown University Press, 2012), and Politics in a Religious World: Toward a Religiously Literate U.S. Foreign Policy (Continuum, 2011). He has also edited two volumes on Christian realism and published in numerous academic and professional journals.

Patterson is a term member of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of various scholarly associations, and has been awarded Calihan and Rotary Ambassadorial Fellowships. He has been named a Next Generation Fellow by the American Assembly, an American-Swiss Foundation Young Leader and Distinguished Young Alumnus by his alma mater, Evangel University.

Patterson earned a Ph.D. in Political Science from the University of California at Santa Barbara, an MSc in International Politics from the University of Wales at Aberystwyth, and B.A. degrees in Biblical Studies and Music Education from Evangel University in Springfield, Mo.

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