Estill & Patterson Appointed to College of Education Board of Visitors

June 11, 2018

Athens State University is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr. Donna Estill and Mr. Patrick Patterson to the College of Education Board of Visitors.

Dr. Donna EstillDr. Donna Estill serves as the Dean of Humanities & Social Sciences at Calhoun Community College. She holds a B.A. in Journalism with a minor in French from the University of Alabama, an M.A. in English from the University of Alabama in Huntsville, and an Ed.D. from The University of Alabama.

After working as a budget analyst at the University of Alabama in Huntsville while earning her master’s degree, Estill taught English at South Arkansas Community College. While working on her doctorate, she worked as an administrator and middle school/high school English, history and PE teacher at The Capital School in Tuscaloosa and was managing editor for Crystal Growth and Design, an American Chemical Society journal. She then taught English at Alabama Southern Community College (now Coastal Alabama Community College) in Monroeville, also serving as Assistant Director of the Alabama Center for Literary Arts and Humanities Division Chair. She moved to Fort Scott, Kansas to serve as Dean of Instruction/Chief Academic Officer at Fort Scott Community College before returning to Calhoun Community College. In addition to being an administrator, she teaches as often as possible, has served as the Humanities Advisor for the Alabama Writers Symposium, and is an active member of the Alabama Association for Developmental Education. She was chosen as Outstanding Administrator at Calhoun for the 2017-18 academic year and was awarded with a NISOD Excellence Medal.

Mr. Patrick PattersonMr. Patrick Patterson is currently the Director of Secondary Education for the Morgan County Board of Education. He holds an associate’s degree in Science from Northwest Alabama State Community College, a B.S. Ed. in Secondary Education with a double major in English and History from Athens State College, a M.A. Ed. in Educational Leadership from University of North Alabama, and an Ed. S. in Educational Leadership from Samford University.

Patterson began his career at Austin High School where he taught social studies for grades 9-12 and was the Head Coach of the boys’ soccer team. During this time, he also served as an assistant football coach at Cedar Ridge Middle School. Patterson went on to become the 10th and 12th grade English teacher at Brewer High School where he also took on the duties of head boys’ soccer coach and assistant football coach. A few years later, Patterson assumed the roles of assistant principal and athletic director of Brewer High School. In 2007, he was named the principal of Eva School and served in that position for seven years.

Patterson was the first Morgan County Schools Educator to receive the Alabama Department of Education Marbury Award for Technology Innovation as a School Administrator in 2010. He met his wife Jenny at Athens State, and together they have two children: Kyle (19) and Olivia (15). He credits the success of his career to the immeasurable love and support of his wife and the foundation of character, leadership, and boldness he learned as an Athens State student.

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