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Patterson School experts are readily available to national, regional and local news media for commentary, in-depth interviews or background briefings on international developments. To reach the proper expert, please contact Gail Hairston at (859) 257-3302 or Chris Wolcott at (859) 257-4666. Our aim is to provide you with the best possible source for a story and to meet your deadline

Newspaper, television and radio reports have recently contacted and cited Patterson School faculty on a broad range of issues, including developments in Syria, Iran, Ukraine, US defense budget cuts, nuclear weapons policy, energy security, foreign assistance, and other pressing international concerns.


A top-notch faculty and staff providing a masters degree program in diplomacy and international commerce to about seventy-five students from across Kentucky, the nation and the world. Patterson School alumni can be found working throughout government (State Department, Treasury, Defense, Commerce, Energy, intelligence community, Congress), and in the private and non-profit sectors.


One of the nation's leading international relations master's programs, offering a rigorous, low-cost program to a small, select group of graduate students to prepare them for professional careers in diplomacy, international commerce and trade, development, and international security.


The Patterson School is located on the campus of the University of Kentucky in Lexington.

Patterson School of Diplomacy and International Commerce
University of Kentucky
455 Patterson Office Tower
Lexington, KY 40506  USA
Telephone: 859-257-4666

Patterson School 57 Years


Established in 1959, when the Commonwealth of Kentucky supplemented the 1922 bequest of James K. Patterson (the first President of the University of Kentucky) to launch a new school to train foreign affairs professionals. The school sponsors major events throughout the year; highlights include an annual Fall conference, the Vince Davis and Spragens Family Memorial Lectures, a fall negotiations exercise with the US Army War College, a spring crisis simulation, and frequent presentations by prominent guest speakers from the public and private sectors.


To educate future leaders who will help build a better world.

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