An experienced administrator in the field of higher education, Patrick Heaton leverages a knowledge of student communities to implement and develop effective programs. He stands out as a former assistant dean of students and director for new student and family programs at Florida State University, where he oversaw orientation programming for more than 9,000 students and a comparable number of family members. In addition to successfully introducing new Spanish-language transition tools for at-risk international students and their families, Patrick Heaton centralized web-based resources to improve the first-year experience for international, first-generation, and older matriculating students.
Patrick Heaton assumed this position following a successful year-long tenure as the assistant director of orientation at Florida State University. He initially joined the student support team at Florida State as the assistant director of career placement in the university's Career Center, where he also served as a liaison to the College of Engineering.
Patrick Heaton came to Florida State University with experience as a house advisor in Vassar College’s Office of Residential Life. In addition, while working toward his master of education in higher education at the University of South Carolina, he served as on-call counselor and graduate assistant. He went on to earn his doctor of education at Florida State University, where he completed his dissertation on the potential benefits of the university's Freshman Interest Group (FIG) program.