Athens Mayor Steve Patterson has been appointed vice chair of the National League of Cities (NLC) 2019University Communities Council, according to a news release.
NLC’s member councils provide a space for local leaders to network and exchange ideas around shared priorities and issues that are unique to their communities, the release said. The appointment was announced by NLC President Karen Freeman-Wilson, mayor of Gary, Indiana.
“This is truly an amazing opportunity to advocate not only for the city of Athens and Ohio University but for the entire state of Ohio on a multitude of issues facing our town-gown communities,” Patterson said in the release. “It’s exciting to be a member of the NLC University Communities Council leadership and to help set the 2019 agenda on issues ranging from the effects of travel bans on international student enrollments to community-wide civil discourse to electric scooters being deployed in university communities.”
AS VICE CHAIR, PATTERSON will convene with leaders of other university communities at NLC’s two annual meetings in 2019, Congressional City Conference in March and City Summit in November, according to the news release.
“NLC member councils play an integral role in our work,” Freeman-Wilson said in the release. “The councils bring together local leaders to share ideas, learn from their peers, and inform NLC policy about the unique challenges faced by different types of communities. I’m proud to welcome Steve Patterson to the University Communities Council on behalf of the people of Athens, Ohio. Thanks to his leadership, the council will drive creative solutions to the most pressing challenges in America’s university communities.”