Dr. Diane Patrick has devoted her life to providing Texas students with a high-quality education. Upon graduating Baylor University at age 20, the Longview native began her teaching career in Waco, followed by teaching positions in Richardson and Birdville and service as the administrator of a private teaching hospital in Bedford, Texas.
Currently on faculty at The University of Texas-Arlington in the Department of Educational Leadership, Dr. Patrick previously taught at Dallas Baptist University and Texas Christian University as an adjunct professor. In addition to a B.A. from Baylor University, she holds Ph.D. and M.Ed. degrees from University of of North Texas.
Called to civic duty, Dr. Patrick has a 26-year history of public service in elected positions:
- Tarrant County College Board of Trustees: 2016 – present
- Texas House of Representatives: 2007 – 2015
- Texas State Board of Education: 1993 – 1997
- Arlington School Board: 1981 – 1992 (Board President, 1988 – 1992)
She currently serves on the board of Rotary Club of Arlington and Arlington ISD Education Foundation.
Awards honoring Dr. Patrick for her service as an educator include, among others, the naming of a school:
- Diane Patrick Elementary School, Arlington Independent School District
- Distinguished Alum, Longview High School
- Dan Dipert legacy Award, Arlington ISD Education Foundation
- Women with Vision Award, Junior League of Arlington
- Legacy of Women Award in Education, Women’s Shelter
Other awards and honors include:
- Champion of Free Enterprise, Texas Association of Business
- Legislator Honor Roll, Texas PTA
- Excellence in Public Service, Texas Hospital Association/Texas Health Resources
- Patient Advocacy Award, Texas Dental Association
- Tribute to Texas Children, Texas Elementary Principals & Supervisors Association
- Champion of Children, Texas Equity Center
Dr. Patrick lives in Arlington with her husband Ned. They have two grown children and seven grandchildren.