“Each student has unique qualities and skills, and as an educator it is my responsibility to help each person discover these skills and talents.” — Dr. Patrick Hartwick
Before coming to Lynn in June 2007 as dean of the Donald E. and Helen L. Ross College of Education, Dr. Hartwick had more than 24 years of academic and professional experience. He served as dean of the school of education at Southern New Hampshire University in Manchester, N.H.; spent 12 years at Daemen College, holding such positions as associate professor, primary investigator and administrator of federal and state grant programs, chairman of the education department, and director of special programs in education; and was a classroom teacher for more than 12 years.
Born in Buffalo, N.Y., Dr. Hartwick was president of the New York State chapter of the American Association of Mental Retardation, served on the board of the International Dyslexia Association and made presentations on special education and educational research topics at countless national, state and regional conferences. In a press release announcing his arrival, Lynn President Kevin Ross described him as “a passionate lifelong educator and advocate who is also a talented administrator.”
A great leader and motivator, he had vision as well as wonderful energy and enthusiasm. He was strong physically (fellow dean Dr. Marsha Glines says he was a “beast” when working out in the gym with his son and with faculty and staff), but was also strong spiritually and emotionally. He was an avid skier, swimmer and cyclist.
Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Cynthia Patterson had this to say about Dr. Hartwick: “As a colleague and educator, Dr. Hartwick garnered the respect of faculty and students for his uncompromising commitment to making a difference in the lives of students and educational institutions. An advocate for excellence in education, Dr. Hartwick dedicated his considerable talents to ensuring that every student had the opportunity to reach their potential as students and citizens. He believed in the power of education to eradicate ignorance and promote justice, and his life’s work is clearly a testimony to his professional and personal commitments.”
Dr. Hartwick, 53, was a loving father to his son, Jonathan, and daughter, Allie, and a devoted husband to his wife, Christine, who passed away in September 2008.