Associate Dean for Student & External Affairs and Executive Director, Huntsman Scholar Program
- Dean's Office
- External Affairs
MA, Political Science, Utah State University, 1993
BA, Liberal Arts, Utah State University, 1991 Minor: English
As Associate Dean for Student & External Affairs, Dave Patel oversees the student recruiting, academic and career advising, alumni and corporate relations, marketing, and fundraising functions for the Huntsman School. He also serves as the executive director of the Huntsman Scholar Program.
Dave began his professional career in Washington, DC, with the Office of Senator Orrin Hatch, where he learned important lessons in representative democracy, enacting legislation, and the role of personal relationships in policymaking. He then moved to the private sector to work for a large trade association, where he helped found and operationalize a new line of business. Within two years, the program was cash-flow positive and grew to include customers in over 100 countries. Seeking a new challenge, he moved internally to become the association’s futurist.
Dave was recruited by the Office of the Secretary of Defense in the Fall of 2002 where he served as the director of national operations, responsible for all external relations as well as strategic planning for a sub-component of the OSD. He also served as the Chief Administrative Officer for a corporate board of advisors to the Secretary of Defense. He was deployed to Iraq in the Summer of 2003, and was awarded the Office of the Secretary of Defense Award for Excellence upon his departure from the DoD in December of 2008.
After 15 years in the DC area, Dave and his wife, who is also an Aggie, broke free of Potomac Fever to move back home. Dave is a proud Aggie who thoroughly enjoyed his student experience at USU, serving as student body vice president and competing for the USU Track Team.