Professor/Chair: School of Business Leadership
Coleman Patterson is the chair of the School of Business Leadership in the College of Arts and Sciences at Mid-America Christian University. As the son of a college professor, higher education has been a central part of his life since childhood. At MACU, he teaches a variety of business, management, and marketing courses and coordinates the administrative responsibilities for the school.
Before coming to MACU, Coleman served 25 years as a full-time faculty member and administrator at universities in Texas and Arkansas and has additional experience teaching at universities in Alabama, Lithuania, and Austria. As an advocate for experiential and experience-based learning, Coleman has traveled with students to Europe, to major cities and state capitals around the United States, and to state parks and scenic attractions around Texas and neighboring states. He has also helped organize and conduct cycling adventures with students across eight different states. Before moving to Oklahoma, Coleman was an entrepreneur and small business owner in Abilene, Texas for 12 years. He also has a background in real estate rentals and investments.
Coleman earned an undergraduate degree in finance from the University of Florida and has graduate degrees in higher education leadership, educational research, and management from the University of Florida and the University of Alabama. Married since 1992, he and Tracy are parents to three awesome kids—one married and living in the DFW area, one a senior at Ouachita Baptist University, and one a freshman at the University of Alabama. He is a member of the Oklahoma City Symphonic Band, the New Horizons Jazz Band at OU, and plays in the church orchestra at First Baptist Church—Norman. He is an avid cyclist and enjoys kayaking/canoeing, racquetball, fencing, and martial arts.