Business Professor Rich Patrick Accepts Dean Job at Iowa College

Rich Patrick jokingly refers to it as a midlife crisis but quickly admits it’s a job he just couldn’t turn down.

Patrick, Professor of Business Administration, is packing up his office to become Dean of Faculty at Upper Iowa University. Patrick has taught at Nebraska Wesleyan for 15 years.

“I thought I’d stay here for the rest of my career,” he said. “But when this opportunity came up, I knew I needed to take a look.”

Upper Iowa University is a private college located in northeast Iowa. In addition to its home campus in Fayette, the university has extension sites in Minnesota, Wisconsin, Illinois and Kansas as well as international sites in Malaysia, Hong Kong and Taiwan.

Patrick’s position is new to the university and resulted from a strategic plan initiative. Among his responsibilities will be to oversee the 55 full-time faculty at the Fayette campus and the 500 part-time faculty at the university’s extension sites. One of his first priorities will be to update the faculty handbook so that the same procedures and policies are applied at all of the university sites.

While he enjoys teaching, he is also interested in the administrative side of education. While at NWU, he has served on search committees, faculty council, and has chaired the Business Administration & Economics Department since 2001. He served as the faculty president from 2004-2006.

“I knew I needed to either teach or go into administration,” he said. “I knew I couldn’t do both.”

But the position at Upper Iowa University combines both of his interests as he will have both administrative and teaching responsibilities. He will have faculty rank and tenure.

Patrick begins his job in January.

“It’s going to be very hard to leave,” he said. “One of the best compliments I’ve received lately is that I’m a friend of the liberal arts. That made me feel real good about what I’ve done here.”