Dr. Richard Patterson

Dr. Richard Patterson

Dr. Richard Patterson served as the President of Eastern Wyoming College from 2014 until his retirement in 2017.  Prior to his appointment, he taught for over a decade in both the criminal justice and psychology departments at EWC.  In total, he has taught, full or part time, for over 30 years.  He has worked in the criminal justice field as a police officer, field-training officer, and police sergeant.  He also worked a number of years in various institutional and community correctional settings with both adults and juveniles.  Dr. Patterson has been employed as a community mental health therapist, program director, and as executive director of a community mental health center.  Most recently, he served as the Interim Superintendent for the Goshen County School District and now teaches as an adjunct instructor for Eastern Wyoming College as well as serving on the Torrington City Council.

He was licensed by the State of Wyoming as a professional counselor and addictions therapist and certified by the Wyoming Peace Officers Standards & Training Commission (P.O.S.T.) as an instructor.  He currently sits on the Wyoming P.O.S.T. Commission.  For several years, he trained peace officers, communications personnel, detention officers, and probation/parole agents at the Wyoming Law Enforcement Academy (WLEA), and was involved in the training of Wyoming Department of Corrections personnel for the Wyoming Medium Correctional Institution in Torrington.

He is a graduate of the WLEA, EWC’s criminal justice program and holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in criminal justice and history from Chadron State College.  His graduate education includes Master’s and Education Specialist degrees from Chadron State College as well as a Doctor of Philosophy degree from the University of Wyoming.

A Wyoming native and Marine Corps veteran, Dr. Patterson and his wife Candi, have four grown children and eleven grandchildren!