Missouri State University has named its first full-time Title IX coordinator.
The school announced Monday that Jill Patterson will be the subject-matter expert on requirements of and compliance with Title IX, the Violence Against Women Act and related federal and state laws.
Her responsibilities will include investigating and ensuring timely resolution of all reports of sex discrimination, sexual misconduct, sexual harassment, domestic violence, dating violence and stalking involving members of the university community.
In a statement, President Clif Smart said, “Missouri State University has always been committed to preventing and swiftly and fairly investigating any type of sexual misconduct on campus. Hiring an employee dedicated to this full time shows our commitment to having a safe campus.
Patterson is currently an attorney with Keck & Austin, LLC and member of the Springfield Public School Board. She served as the chief legal counsel for the Greene County Sheriff’s office in 2011 and 2012 and taught classes in the criminology and criminal justice and psychology departments at Missouri State between 2008 and 2013.
Patterson was an assistant Greene County prosecuting attorney for 15 years.
She was appointed by Gov. Jay Nixon to the Child Abuse and Neglect Review Board in 2013 and has served on numerous local boards.
Patterson has a bachelor’s degree from Washington University in St. Louis and a juris doctor from the University of Missouri-Columbia School of Law.