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Dave Patel

Dave Patel

Associate Dean of Student & External Affairs
Administration: Huntsman School Marketing, Dean's Office , External Affairs
Location:  Business 315
Office Phone:  435.797.7878
Fax:  435.797.2399


Certificate, International Finance and Global Markets, School of Business, Georgetown University, 2000
MA, Political Science, Utah State University, 1993
BA, Liberal Arts, Utah State University, 1991 Minor: English


Leaders Talking to Leaders Speaker - November 15, 2012


Dave is a proud Aggie who thoroughly enjoyed his student experience at USU. He was a student body vice president and competed for the USU Track Team.

Dave began his professional career in Washington, DC, with the Office of Senator Orrin Hatch, where he put to good use the writing and analysis skills he’d learned during graduate school. He also learned important lessons in representative democracy, enacting legislation, and the role of personal relationships in policymaking.

Dave 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 grew to include customers in over 100 countries. Seeking a new challenge, Dave moved internally to become the association’s futurist. His work was published widely and he was a sought-after public speaker.

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 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. They now reside in Logan with their two daughters.

Name Title Phone Location Email
Anderson, Douglas D. Dean & Professor of Management 435.797.2376 Business 511
Ballard, Guy Information and Analytics Officer 435.797.0498 Business 515
Barton, Jennifer Business Officer 435.797.2787 Business 505
Daniels, Jenna Business Assistant II - Personnel Specialist 435.797.5736 Business 506
Davis, Tonya Employer Engagement Specialist   BUS 315
Frisby, Hilary Art Director 435.797.8319 Business 315
Gibbons, Shara Webmaster 435.797.2308 Business 315
Hunsaker, Trisha Marketing Coordinator 435.797.2347 BUS 317
Larson, Kimberly Executive Assistant to the Dean 435.797.8328 Business 515
Lawlor, Kenzie Recruiting Officer 435.770.1477 Business 315
Loveland, Dannon MBA Staff 435.797.3624 Business 315
Mann, Erin Alumni Engagement Coordinator 435-797-2707 BUS 315
Meacham, Brent Marketing Coordinator 435.797.2778 Business 315
Patel, Dave Associate Dean of Student & External Affairs 435.797.7878 Business 315
Rice, Kevin Executive Director of Corporate Partnerships & Community Relations 435.797.2645 Business 315
Smith, Tyler Assistant Dean for Administration 435.797.2846 Business 503
Torgesen, Michael Business Assistant II - Finance Specialist 435.797.5689 Business 506
Wheelwright, Robin Staff Assistant 435-797-0887 Business 315