Patrick is the Director of Gerald Ford Institute for Leadership in Public Policy and Service at Albion College in Michigan where he has been teaching since 2013.
Patrick has spent more than 20 years working in various state and local government positions including several years as Minority Chief of Staff in the Ohio Senate. For four years from 2010-2013, he was Finance Director for the City of Toledo, Ohio, where he guided the team that brought the city back from a $48 million deficit to finish in the black for the final two years of his tenure.
Patrick has extensive experience with non-profits and community service groups, serving as board member, consultant, grant writer and/or executive director for organizations including Washtenaw Community College, the Ecology Center (Ann Arbor), Community Refugee and Immigration Services (Columbus) and several others.
He received his BA in Political Science from the University of Dayton, an MA in Political Science from Miami University and a second MA in International Relations from the Freie Universitaet Berlin. He also has a certificate in Not-for-Profit Management and Fundraising from New York University. His current academic interests include urban revitalization, politics in Central and Eastern Europe, Canadian history and politics, and immigration policy.
Patrick has a strong affinity for Canada and the outdoors. He teaches courses at Albion about Canada with an emphasis on wilderness and the Group of Seven; leads tours for students in Ontario and Quebec; and did his first research on Canada more than 30 years ago when he studied political parties in Nova Scotia. He is finally getting around to learning French.