Patty M. Scott has been at Southwestern Oregon Community College since 1993. She started out at Southwestern splitting time as Director of Student Support Services (TRIO) and Counseling Faculty. She was named Director of Educational Support Programs in 2002 and served as Dean of Students since February of 2006 until being named as interim President in October 2008. During her tenure at Southwestern, Patty served a five-year stint on the Faculty Senate and spent three of those as chair. She received an excellence in action award in 2005 for her work a chair of a faculty led retention taskforce that resulted in creation of several new programs and campus cultural change. Dr. Scott became the sixth president of SWOCC on December 14, 2009.
After starting her higher education pursuit at Lane Community College in Eugene, Patty completed a bachelor’s degree in Sociology from the University of Oregon. She went on to earn a Master of Arts degree in College Student Personnel Administration from Bowling Green State University in Ohio and Doctorate of Education in Community College Leadership from Oregon State University.
Patty is very involved in the community. She served on the steering committee for Leadership Coos for 14 years, is a trainer for the Ford Family Leadership program, a Parks Commissioner with City of Coos Bay, budget committee for Water Board, is on the foundation board for Bay Area Hospital and is a member of Rotary and Zonta service clubs.
Prior to coming to Southwestern, Patty worked in student services at the University of Oregon and in Career Services at Roger Williams College (now University) in Bristol, RI.