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Leadership and Service Center

Faculty and Staff

Ryan Patterson

Title: Assistant Director
Leadership and Service Center
Phone: 803-777-7130
LinkedIn: My LinkedIn profile
Ryan Patterson

Our role in helping students advance their leadership development through their engagement on campus and in the community is something that greatly excites me! 


Contact for

Student Leadership and Diversity Conference (SLDC), student organization policy and procedure, Leadership Enrichment and Development (LEAD) Cohort, Close Family Emerging Leaders Program (CFELP).


Prior to joining the Leadership and Service Center, Ryan spent time working to advance students' leadership development and career preparation. Ryan previously held various teaching roles working with students in a Gallup Strengths-based first-year experience course and a sophomore career development course.


M.A. Educational Administration
University of Nebraska-Lincoln

B.S. Business Administration
Kansas State University


Ryan teaches U101.

Recent Publications and Presentations

Suarez, S. & Patterson, R. (2018, June). Buying in from Integration to Imagination. Session presented at the 2018 Campus Labs Connect Conference, Columbia, SC.

Patterson, R. & Haynes, L. (2018, May). From Golden Girls to The Office: Understanding personalities at work. Session presented at the 16th Annual Meeting of the University of South Carolina's ideaPOP!, Columbia, SC.

Patterson, R. & Bodrick, J. (2018, May). Using the SchoolPlace Big 5 Personality Assessment to Foster Students' Identity Development. Session presented at the 10th Annual Meeting of the University of South Carolina's Building Connections Conference, Columbia, SC.

Harrison, T. & Patterson, R.M. (2018, April). Empowering Students for Greater Social Action through Conversations and Reflection. Session presented at the 15th Annual Meeting of the Gulf South Summit, Birmingham, AL.

Patterson, R. M. (2016). Reflection: More than a buzzword. What, how, and why. Campus

Activities Programming, 48(9).


  • 2018 Division of Student Affairs and Academic Support New Staff Member of the Year, University of South Carolina


Lyndon, Kansas


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Ryan enjoys spending time outdoors hiking, golfing, gardening, and attending sporting events. 


Challenge the conventional. Create the exceptional. No Limits.