Texas Tech University

Rawls alumni appointed dean of Midwestern State University's business school

May 14, 2012

Midwestern State University has appointed Terry Patton as the dean of the Dillard College of Business Administration.

He will begin his duties July 1.

Patton is an associate professor of accounting at MSU.

Before coming to MSU, he was research manager at the Government Accounting Standards Board in Washington, D.C. He also worked as an audit supervisor at Mathis, West, Huffines & Co., and as a CPA in a private accounting firm.

Besides teaching at MSU, he has taught at the University of Wisconsin Oshkosh and at Rutgers University.

Patton co-authored a broadly distributed accounting textbook.

He earned his bachelor's degree in accounting from MSU, his master's degree in accounting-taxation from the University of North Texas, and a doctorate in accounting from Texas Tech University.

New MSU Regent Jeff Gregg, also an accountant, highlighted Patton's experience with the Government Accounting Standards Board, joking, "That's like real work."

Patton told MSU President Jesse Rogers during his interview that his responsibilities for the GASB toughened him for any job that required making tough decisions. The GASB role required him to present information before an audience of 1,500 people, where he was occasionally booed as he stepped to the stage.

Patton replaces Barbara Nemecek, who had a three-year contract with MSU as dean to the Dillard College.

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