Welcome to the Patterson School of Diplomacy at the University of Kentucky
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US Treasury Undersecretary for International Affairs Timothy Adams

James K. Patterson's vision of a unique institution that would educate leaders in both diplomacy and international commerce has more than withstood the test of time. From the very beginning, the school attracted exceptional students ready to tackle the world, and top scholars and practitioners committed to providing an unparalleled educational experience. It benefited enormously from steady, extraordinary leadership, with the contributions of Amry Vandenbosch, Vince Davis, and John Stempel still felt today. Ranked among the top international studies programs in the world, the Patterson School is truly a lustrous gem. Tomorrow, we hope it will shine even brighter.

Former UK President Lee Todd congratulates Patterson Directors Carey Cavanaugh and John Stempel at Half-time Ceremony Celebrating School's 50th Anniversary

While our “family” has now celebrated its 50th anniversary, its success is not currently marked by a flashy new building or an unbelievable endowment.** No, the Patterson School’s success and impact can be found not in a physical structure or financial account, but with you — with the more than one thousand graduates who have scattered across the planet, with those who have sought to make a positive difference in the world. Your determination, your commitment, your excellence are what have made the Patterson School great.

** Note: We would certainly welcome having a flashy new building on campus, or even a refurbished historic one, to call home. We also fully appreciate the gains that could be made with a greater endowment.

Alumni Contact Information

One 50th Anniversary project that continues is improving and updating our alumni database. We hope that in conjunction with our iPad trial, we will be able to improve our records and discover better ways to maintain connectivity with all our graduates and to facilitate your contact with one another. In theory, the internet should make such contact easy, but truth be told it only works if we and you are able to maintain current contact information.

Our master alumni list has significant gaps (as was reconfirmed at our last holiday party in Washington, DC). Please make sure that your own information is accurate and, if you are in contact with others who may have been lost, let us know how to reach them.

There are two easy paths to maintain contact. 

First, if you wish to keep up with former classmates or reach out to recent graduates or students, a LinkedIn Patterson School alumni group has been established with membership restricted to only our alumni, students, and current and former faculty. Currently, there are over 300 members participating.

Second, the school seeks to maintain a list of email and home addresses for all of our alumni. This lets us keep you up to date with developments at the school, Patterson events in your area, and news regarding other alumni. This can also enable you to stay in contact, while keeping your contact information much more private.  This will shield you from general inquiries and discussions among other groups of alumni, but leave open the possibility for other alumni to contact you specifically.  If a classmate approaches the school trying to track down a specific person, and we have the information, we will communicate with you first and seek your permission before facilitating such contact.

All that needs to be done is to fill in and submit the information below.

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