March 28, 2002 11:00 pm

A music professor from Pittsburg State University in Kansas will soon take a key leadership role at Eastern Oregon University.

Anne L. Patterson has been named the new dean of Easterns School of Arts and Sciences. She has been the chairwoman of Pittsburgs music department since the summer of 1999.

Patterson will assume her new position in July. She will succeed EOU biology professor Dennis Swanger, who is completing his second year as interim dean.

Prior to taking her present position at Pittsburg State, Patterson taught at the University of Central Arkansas, where she had a number of administrative roles.

Patterson has a doctorate and a masters degree from the University of Florida, and a bachelor of arts degree in vocal performance from Georgia State University. Patterson also has earned musical certification at the Franz Liszt Academy of Music in Budapest, Hungary.

She is a certified music educator and earlier ran a small music school for children ages 3-10.

While at Pittsburg, Patterson has coordinated cross-disciplinary and cross-cultural projects. She also has brought experts from a wide range of subject areas together for intellectual exchange and professional development.

Pittsburg State University, founded in 1903, has about 6,500 students and is in Pittsburg, Kansas.

EOU German professor Regina Braker, who chaired the search committee, is excited about the selection of Patterson. I think were really lucky to get someone like Anne. She can work with scientists, social scientists, historians, Braker said. She has gone places that people in music usually havent gone. She can bring together a number of colleagues in areas one might not necessarily expect and find that here is someone they could work with.

Braker said Pattersons background in music education will be a plus since Eastern resumed its music education program last year.

Dr. Pattersons leadership skills will be an asset to EOU, Eastern President Phil Creighton said.

Im looking forward to working with her as we continue to enhance the future of Eastern Oregon University for our students and the community.