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Dr. Richard Pattenaude, Member

Dr. Richard L. Pattenaude joined Ashford University in 2012. With more than 40 years of experience in various leadership positions in higher education, most recently, Dr. Pattenaude serves as President Emeritus and Professor of Political Science for Ashford University. 

From 2012-2016, he served as President and CEO of Ashford University. During his term, Dr. Pattenaude spearheaded Ashford University’s accreditation process and in 2013, Ashford University obtained initial accreditation from the Accrediting Commission for Senior Colleges and Universities of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges (WASC).

From 2007-2012, Dr. Pattenaude served as Chancellor of the University of Maine System, after serving for 16 years as President of the University of Southern Maine. He also spent five years as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Central Connecticut State University, five years as Associate Vice President for Academic Affairs at the State University of New York at Binghamton, and six years as a member of the Political Science faculty and the Associate Dean of Arts and Sciences at Drake University.
Dr. Pattenaude was Chair of the Commission on Institutions of Higher Education for the New England Association of Schools and Colleges (NEASC), the regional accrediting entity. He is actively involved in numerous community organizations and currently serves on the Boards of United Way San Diego, Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), the Council for Higher Education (CHEA), and the California Chamber of Commerce.

Dr. Pattenaude earned a Ph.D. in Political Science at the University of Colorado and a B.A. degree in Economics at San Jose State University. His areas of expertise include American government, university leadership, public administration, and organizational theory. In addition, Dr. Pattenaude is a Vietnam veteran.