Dan Patterson, PhD, has been Niagara College’s president since 1995. Under his leadership, the College has doubled its enrolment to over 10,000 full time students in over 100 programs with an operating budget of over $165 million. Patterson also led the largest capital expansions in Niagara College history in 2009 and 2016 with over $145 million of campus redevelopment. Niagara College’s campuses are considered among the most beautiful learning environments in the country.
Patterson is a passionate advocate for the role that colleges play in their communities, and he’s a strong proponent of experiential learning for students preparing for the world of work. He’s overseen the creation of Canada’s first teaching winery and teaching brewery — which serve as a model of innovation for applied learning — as well as the development of applied research centres for advanced manufacturing and culinary innovation.
Patterson’s public service has been recognized with various awards including the Canadian Red Cross Power of Humanity and the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal as well as a Visiting Fellowship at Green Templeton College (Oxford University, U.K.).
Patterson received his BA from the University of Windsor, his MSc from The London School of Economics, and his MEd from the University of Toronto. He later attended Oxford to complete its Senior Management Development program. Committed to lifelong learning, he earned his PhD from the University of Toronto in the field of higher education. In recognition of his achievements within the college system, Patterson was conferred an Honourary Doctorate from Niagara University in 2003 and an Honourary Doctorate of Laws from Brock University in 2009.