When Patrick Walter recently returned to his native state to become the new Transfer Coordinator at Genesee Community College, he was quickly reminded of Western New York’s blustery weather. Originally from Hilton, NY, he has lived in Tennessee for the last 18 years and last week’s storm refreshed his recollection of the value of four-wheel drive vehicles.
Mr. Walter brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to the College well beyond winter driving. For the past six years he has been working with the University of Tennessee in Knoxville as an educational specialist and a student-athlete mentor and tutor. His work with high school students, veterans and student-athletes has prepared him to take the position of Transfer Coordinator in the Career and Transfer Center at Genesee.
Patrick began his education and career in the hospitality and restaurant industry. He earned a Bachelor’s degree from Penn State and worked as a professional chef for five years. He later moved into the food sales industry where he was an account executive until 2003. He enjoyed training and educating the people through his sales position, but the corporate environment wasn’t as appealing. As a result he turned to the educational arena, and went back to school and earned his Masters of Science in Educational Psychology from the University of Tennessee and is now fulfilling his career aspirations in education.
Patrick will replace the retiring, Priscilla DiRisio, who has held the position of Transfer Coordinator for over 20 years. His responsibilities include creating smooth transitions for interested students in earning bachelor’s (or higher) degrees, establishing and retaining articulation agreements with baccalaureate granting institutions and guiding students through course selections that helps ensure a smooth transfer process.
“I hope I can help any student who walks through my door make a seamless transition to a four year institution without any hiccups,” Mr. Walter said. “I anticipate continuing the great transfer programs we have here, along with facing the challenges of preparing students to select the appropriate courses and programs of study to be able to transfer without the loss of credits.”
Mr. Walter will also be focusing on the unique educational needs of veterans going back to school. “Genesee needs to be ‘vet friendly’ to troops returning from abroad and to our vets who served several years ago. I am working with various departments to make sure we are recruiting, retaining and assisting many different types of veterans.”
Patrick now resides in Rochester, while his wife, Deanna is still living in Tennessee with their three hound dogs Nutmeg, Mandy and Augustine. Together, the Walters enjoy rescuing and fostering dogs as well as hiking, canoeing and other outdoor activities. Patrick still enjoys cooking and entertaining, visiting his family now located in Rochester and in the Finger Lakes region and restoring old cars—perhaps a four-wheel drive vehicle in the near future!
For further information please contact Patrick Walter at 585-343-0055 x6430.
Editors Note: A photograph of Patrick Walter is available at http://marketing.genesee.edu/images/Patrick_Walter.jpg