Patton Hall Dedication
The Patton Hall Dedication took place on Tuesday, February 26, 2013. Patton Hall, formerly Freshman Hall, was dedicated in honor of President Emeritus Carl V. Patton (19912-2008). Freshman Hall was one of the projects under Dr. Patton’s tenure and appropriately was chosen to be named in his honor.
A Brief History
Carl V. Patton became president of Georgia State University on July 1, 1992. With his expertise as an academic leader and urban planner, Patton helped Georgia State become a vital part of the downtown Atlanta community. He launched a university-wide planning effort that produced the Main Street Master Plan. This innovative strategy continues to increase the university’s footprint in the downtown community and shape the university’s future growth. Key components of the plan included: establishing a campus identity based on a central campus corridor; investing in key research areas to advance knowledge and discovery; increasing the university’s involvement with the downtown community; securing private funding sources to supplement state allocations for building projects; and creating a university endowment.
Patton’s focus on recruitment of world-class faculty, strengthened academic programs and improved campus infrastructure continues to increase recognition for Georgia State through national rankings, peer journals and media reports. The renovations and new construction completed under his leadership include the Rialto Theater, Haas-Howell and Standard Buildings, Robinson College on the former C&S bank headquarters, Commerce Building, North Metro Center, Helen M. Aderhold Learning Center, Student Center, Recreation Center, the Andrew Young School of Policy Studies, the University Science Park and student housing at the University Commons and the Lofts. He led the way for the revitalization of downtown Atlanta and serves as a board member and member of many organizations dedicated to strengthening the downtown community.
President Emeritus and Mrs. Gretchen Patton are major contributors to the University. Their personal financial gifts have supported the construction of the Rialto Theater, the Aderhold Learning Center, The Science Teaching and Research Laboratory, the Childrens Book Collection in the University Library and the forthcoming new Business Building and new Humanities Building. Gretchen Patton also endowed the first University football scholarship in memory of her father.
Patton retired in December 2008 and remains active in the GSU and Atlanta communities.