Patton, Bobby

Robert E. “Bobby” Patton  earned a Bachelor of Science in Education Degree in Physical Education/ Social Science in 1962 and earned a Masters of Education Degree 1963 from Southwest Texas State University (SWTSU) .   He earned a Doctor of Education Degree in 1969 from the University of North Texas.   Dr. Patton’s professional career has been exclusively at Southwest Texas State University.  He began in 1962 as an assistant instructor and head athletic trainer and progressed from instructor, assistant professor, associate professor, and reached full professor in 1976.  He also served his department as interim chair twice (1989-1990) (2006-2007) and associate chair from 1990 to 2005.  He became Program Director of Southwest Texas State’s Undergraduate Athletic Training Program in 1972 and served in that position until 2005 when he became a full time professor in Athletic Training and Human Performance, a position he currently holds.   Dr. Patton’s professional service is extensive.  A few of his positions include:  SWATA publicity director (1974-1975), SWATA president (1976-1977), president of the Alamo Area Athletic Trainers (1983-1984), Education Committee member of the SWATA (1998), Education and Examination Committee member of the Texas Department of Health- Advisory Board of Athletic Trainers (1998-2001), Grant Reviewer for the NATA Research and Education Foundation (1997-1999), and Research and Injury Committee member of the NATA (1986-1990).  Dr. Patton has authored a textbook and its revision, several journal articles, newsletter articles, and abstracts. In addition, Patton has delivered numerous presentations to various groups and organizations.  Patton has received numerous honors and awards.  He was named NATA Distinguished Athletic Trainer in 2004 and Distinguished Alumni Award from the SWTSU College of Education in 2002.  In 1995 Dr. Patton was inducted into the SWATA Hall of Fame.  Most recently, 2004, he was given the Distinguished Alumni Award by the Alumni Association of Texas State University.  Presently, he has been a member of the faculty at Southwest Texas State University for 50 continuous years, exceeding any previous faculty member in service to the University