Ashford University President Emeritus Dr. Richard Pattenaude Elected as Vice Chair of the Board and Chair of the Campaign Cabinet for United Way of San Diego County

dr pattenaude headshotDr. Richard Pattenaude, president emeritus at Ashford University, has been selected to serve as vice chair of the board and chair of the campaign cabinet for United Way of San Diego County. Dr. Pattenaude was elected to a two-year term.

“Dr. Pattenaude has been an instrumental leader on our board of directors, and we look forward to seeing him take on a greater role,” said Dr. Laurie Coskey, president and CEO of United Way of San Diego County. “We know his leadership and expertise will greatly enhance the effectiveness of United Way, and we are so fortunate and grateful to have such a passionate volunteer to help change the odds for children and families in San Diego.”

As vice chair of the board he will serve on United Way’s Executive Committee, and assist in general oversight and implementation of Board policies. As chair of the campaign cabinet, Dr. Pattenaude will lead a team of executive volunteers to help develop and deepen relationships with United Way’s top corporate partners and work to develop relationships with San Diego employers not currently partnering with United Way.

“I am proud to be a part of an organization with a vision that aligns closely with that of Ashford’s commitment to community service,” said Dr. Pattenaude, president emeritus of Ashford. “United Way of San Diego County works to provide a community full of opportunity for everyone and I look forward to contributing to their mission as vice chair of the board and chair of the campaign cabinet.”

Established in 1920, United Way of San Diego County is a non-profit organization that focuses on changing lives in San Diego children through programs and initiatives encouraging academic success. Using a collective impact approach, the organization unifies the resources of dozens of its local partners to contribute its time and services to improving the lives of children and their families across the San Diego region.

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