Howard Patterson is an active volunteer in Tyler with a heart for helping attract visitors to our community to enjoy events such as the 79th Texas Rose Festival, to be held October 18 – 20, 2012, and the Tyler Azalea and Spring Flower Trails, March 15 – April 7, 2013. Serving as the Chairman of the Convention and Visitors Bureau for the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Patterson also oversees the Tourism Committee and the SportTyler Committee. These sub-committees work to attract tourists by sponsoring and encouraging new events in Tyler and Smith County and by attracting sporting events to the community.
“For a city its size, Tyler has a large number of quality attractions for visitors and locals to enjoy year round,” Dr. Patterson said. “Whether you’re a history buff, prefer refined culture, enjoy the outdoors, are a sports enthusiast, or are looking for great family attractions, Tyler really has it all.”
Outside of his service to the Tyler Area Chamber of Commerce, Dr. Patterson is the Whitehouse ISD School Board President. He is a member of the Smith County Bar Foundation, the Whitehouse Parks & Recreation Committee, the Missional Renaissance Leadership Community, and the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Soccer Committee.
Dr. Patterson said, “Working to make one’s community a better place to live and working to positively enhance one’s profession should be everyone’s duty. I believe we need to do what we can to make life better for those around us.”
Born in Boston, Massachusetts, Dr. Patterson has resided in Tyler for 11 years. He is a graduate of Westborough High School in Westborough, Massachusetts. He earned his bachelor’s degree from Springfield College in Springfield, Massachusetts, and his master’s degree from Midwestern State University in Wichita Falls, Texas. Dr. Patterson received his doctor of philosophy degree from the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas. He is Vice President for Government Relations, Intercollegiate Athletics and Auxiliary Operations at The University of Texas at Tyler. Dr. Patterson and his wife, Cathi, have been married for 25 years and are the parents of Jori, 20, Kenzie, 18, and Coleman, 16. The Pattersons are members of Green Acres Baptist Church.
“Tyler is an amazing community. It’s a wonderful place to raise a family, and it has great schools, both public and private. The civic leaders accomplish a great deal to make Tyler a destination place to live for all ages,” Dr. Patterson said.