Mark Patterson

Mark Patterson

Ombudsman

Mark is currently the University Ombuds for the College of William & Mary, where he helps staff and faculty find resolution to conflict within the workplace and across departments. Previous to this position, he served 24 years as an attorney (JAG) in the U.S. Air Force, attaining the rank of colonel and serving in a variety of posts in the U.S, Asia and Europe. He also has a Master’s of Law in International Dispute Resolution from Fordham University.

Outside of work, he is a husband and father of five kids, ages 9 to 24. He enjoys playing guitar, rowing crew, cycling, researching family history and dreams of riding an Indian motorcycle someday.

Articles By Mark Patterson

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overcoming abrasive behaviors at work

Overcoming abrasive behaviors at work

Jarelyn was pleased at how the meeting had been going. It seemed her efforts to encourage collaboration were paying off. Then, the door banged open. “Sorry I’m late,” Michael announced, noisily taking his seat. Michael, a fellow department head with…
how to get feedback from bad boss

How to get useful feedback from a bad boss

Working for a boss who frequently loses his temper, is dishonest, demeaning or just neglectful can really destroy a person’s enthusiasm, especially in a small office. Sadly, such relationships are all too common: nearly half of working adults report they…