Ray Patterson, Ph.D., heads into his second full school year as the College's Faculty Athletics Representative in 2019-20, his 22nd as a professor at Saint Michael's, and 25th as an employee. Patterson is Religious Studies Department chair and an associate professor of religious studies.
Patterson received the inaugural Northeast-10 Conference Student-Athlete Advisory Committee (SAAC) Faculty Mentor Award in June 2017 and has been the long-time faculty affiliate for the women's basketball, field hockey and women's lacrosse programs, providing academic support and guidance to those teams' student-athletes. Beyond the realm of Athletics, he has been involved with Pre-Orientation Weekend (POW) and the student residence hall visitor program, served as a liaison to Edmundite Campus Ministry, and led pilgrimages to Montreal and Quebec City, among other various activities positively affecting numerous students.
Thanks to his involvement with all students at the College, he has been honored often over the years. Patterson was recognized with the 2013 Saint Michael's College Norbert A. Kuntz Service Award, and earned the 2017 Dr. Dave Landers Faculty Member of the Year Award as presented by the Saint Michael's SAAC. In May 2017, Patterson earned the Reverend Gerald E. Dupont Award, given annually to the faculty member who demonstrates dedication to the ideals of courage, vision, devotion and faith upon which Saint Michael's College was founded, and in recognition of outstanding contributions to the Saint Michael's community.