First time in school's 127-year history an an alumnus has been elected to the board

John J. Patterson III has been elected to serve as the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Goldey-Beacom College for a two-year term beginning July 1. This marks the first time in the College’s 127-year history that an alumnus has held the position. Patterson is a 1994 graduate, earning his Bachelor of Science in accounting degree, while working full-time and attending evenings.

Patterson first joined the Board in 2004 and has served as secretary/treasurer as well as vice chairman. He chaired the finance committee and served on the executive committee. He most recently led an analysis and review of the college’s investment policies and returns, resulting in a major restructuring of the college’s investment strategies for the growing endowment fund.

He is the Chief Financial Officer at Union Park Automotive Group, with responsibility for all financial and service operations. Patterson has been employed by Union Park since 1988, starting as assistant comptroller and moving up through the years. He has been described as a “genius for organization,” as having “unpretentious wisdom” and as representing the “best ideals of the college.” Prior to Union Park, Patterson worked with the Pepsi-Cola Bottling Company.

He is the recipient of the GM Business Management Accounting Excellence Award, and in 2004 was inducted into the College’s Distinguished Alumni Galley for his career accomplishments.

Patterson serves on the Board of Trustees at Padua Academy and has been officiating at local football games for over forty years. A graduate of Saint Elizabeth’s High School, he served as the Alumni Co-Chair in the fundraising for the high school’s ”E-Center.” President-Elect of the College, Dr. Gary L. Wirt, praised Patterson’s impact on the Board, “John brings a methodical, analytical style, always leading to fact-based decision-making. Most important, this is coupled with a genuine love for his alma mater and the role it has played in this life. He brings an energetic commitment to the future of this institution.”

Patterson lives in Hockessin with his wife, Linda, and has three sons, Jonathan, Jason, and Jeremy. His daughter-in-law, Leanna, graduated this May from the College with a Master’s Degree in Management.

Founded in 1886, the College offers graduate and undergraduate degrees with majors in psychology, economics, criminal justice, English, and all areas of business. With alumni from 26 states and 66 nations, Goldey-Beacom College is located in Pike Creek Valley, a suburb of Wilmington.The College is accredited by the Middle States Commission on Higher Education, the Accreditation Council of Business Schools and Programs, and the International Assembly of Collegiate Business Education.