Dr. Ronald J. Patten
WACRA Advisory Board

Dean Emeritus
College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business

Presidential Counselor and Visiting Professor
Ritsumeikan Asia Pacific University, Beppu City, Japan

Ronald J. Patten, dean emeritus, was dean of the College of Commerce and Kellstadt Graduate School of Business at DePaul University in Chicago from July 1, 1989 until June 30, 1999. Previously he served as dean of the School of Business Administration at the University of Connecticut for 14 years and was head of the Department of Accounting at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University for eight years.

Outside of academia, Dr. Patten has served as director of research for the Financial Accounting Standards Board and, immediately before coming to DePaul, as chief of party in the Eastern Caribbean for Arthur D. Little International.

Dr. Patten has been extremely involved in professional service throughout his career. He has held 36 committee assignments (five as chairman) for the AACSB - The International Association for Management Education, the international accrediting agency for business and accounting schools, and spent five years as a member of the Board of Directors of that organization. From 1984-1986, Dr. Patten served as national president for Beta Gamma Sigma, the national business scholastic honorary society. He served as president of the Mid-Continent East Region of AACSB during 1998. From 1993-98 he was a member of the Individual Investors' Advisory Committee to the Board of the New York Stock Exchange (NYSE).

He served a two-year term as a member of the board of directors of Beta Alpha Psi, the national accounting honorary society, from 1992-1994. He is a member of the board of directors of the United States Committee for UNICEF/Chicago. He is chair of the board of trustees of the Illinois Council on Economic Education and has been a board member since 1989. Dr. Patten has been elected a director of the International Trade and Finance Association for the 1998-2000 term. In 1987, he was recognized as International Dean of the Year by the Fellows of the Academy of International Business. He has appeared in every edition of Who's Who in America since 1972. Dr. Patten has written two books and chapters of four others. He has written more than 50 journal articles. He is a CPA and holds bachelor's and master's degrees from Michigan State University and a Ph.D. from the University of Alabama.