University News

Patterson Named Interim Assistant Dean at WIU Quad Cities

March 2, 2012

Printer friendly version

Patterson Named Interim Assistant Dean at WIU Quad Cities

MOLINE, IL - The Western Illinois University College of Business and Technology (CBT) has announced the appointment of Dr. Jim Patterson as interim assistant dean at the Quad Cities campus in Moline.

Patterson joined the WIU Quad Cities as an assistant professor of management in 1995 and served as the founding director of the Quad Cities Executive Studies Center. He was later promoted to associate professor of supply management and will continue in this role during his interim appointment.

"We've been planning to add this leadership position to the CBT in the Quad Cities for a couple of years," said CBT Dean Tom Erekson. "Having a college-level academic leader in place at the Quad Cities campus is a tremendous step forward for us. I know Jim's accomplishments in this role will help strengthen our programs and bolster our presence in the Quad Cities."

Prior to completing his doctoral work at Michigan State University, Patterson worked for nearly 20 years in manufacturing, logistics and operations management with the U.S. Marine Corps, Avon products, the Coca-Cola Company and Nestlé, S.A. where his last corporate position was director of manufacturing and factory manager for Nestlé Foods in Los Angeles (CA). Previously, he was Coca-Cola Foods' manager of contract packing in Houston (TX) and production superintendent in Michigan. He also served as associate director of the Industrial Development Institute at Michigan State University and is a retired aviation supply officer in the U. S. Marine Corps Reserve.

Patterson has an undergraduate degree from Western Kentucky University and master's degrees from the University of Southern California and Western Michigan University. He holds lifetime credentials as a certified purchasing manager and accredited purchasing practitioner from the Institute for Supply Management. He was selected as a John Deere Senior Research Fellow in supply management and served as president of NAPM-Quad Cities, an award-winning ISM affiliate. He currently serves on the board of directors for the Quad City Manufacturing Laboratory located on the U. S. Army's Rock Island Arsenal, a 501(c)(3) organization involved with developing titanium and other advanced materials processing capabilities.

A frequent speaker at national and international supply chain management seminars and conferences, he is co-author of a leading supply chain management textbook and has published in several top academic and industry journals for supply chain management. During his tenure at WIU, Patterson has twice received the College of Business and Technology's "Outstanding Teacher of the Year" and "Faculty Excellence Award for Outstanding Service," as well as "Professor of the Year" for the college's Beta Gamma Sigma chapter.

"I'm thrilled to be working in this new leadership role at WIU-Quad Cities. I look forward to working with CBT faculty, students and our community college and corporate partners to develop a more robust curriculum and additional collaborative alliances with the Quad Cities business community," said Patterson.

Patterson's office is located in the new Quad Cities Riverfront Campus at 3300 River Drive in Moline. He can be contacted at (309) 762-3999, ext. 62256, or

Posted By: University Communications (
Office of University Communications & Marketing