Dr. Stephen Patterson

There’s a new man at the helm of the Orangefield Independent School District.

Dr. Stephen Patterson, director of curriculum and instruction, was named as the lone finalist for the superintendent post left vacant when longtime superintendent, Philip Welch, retired in March. The board of trustees conducted a special meeting the night of Friday, June 1. They met in executive session for nearly one-and-a-half hours before announcing the unanimous decision.

“I’m excited about this opportunity,” Patterson said. “We have great kids, a great staff and a great community here. For my first job (as a superintendent), it’s exactly what you want.”

One of the primary things he would like to do as superintendent is to adjust the district’s curriculum so students can be successful with the State of Texas Assessment of Academic Readiness test. 

Patterson called the test an “incredible challenge.”

Patterson has been with OISD for 10 years. He was assistant principal at the high school from 2002-2005, principal from 2005-2007 before becoming the director of curriculum and instruction in 2007.

He worked at West Orange-Cove CISD, Beaumont ISD and Stephen F. Austin State University prior to OISD. He has a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Lamar University and a doctorate from SFA.

Patterson has published articles in academic journals and he has won awards from the United Way- Orange County, Leadership Southeast Texas,was  the keynote speaker at the August 2007 Lamar University graduation, Region V assistant principal of the year  in 2004 by the Texas Association of Secondary School Principals, a finalist for administrator of the year for 2006-2007 from the Texas Computer Educators Association and received a full football athletic scholarship from Arkansas State University for 1990-1994.

He’s also a member of the United Way, the Rotary Club International and he’s involved in youth baseball.

His wife’s name is Candi. They have a daughter named Meara and a son named Mack. Both children attend Orangefield Junior High School.

Philip Welch was with the OISD for over 20 years and the district superintendent for five years.

The board of trustees named Kay Karr as the interim superintendent.