C. Pat Taylor

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C. Pat Taylor
24th President of Southwest Baptist University
Assumed office
October 21, 1996
Preceded by Roy Blunt
Chief Academic Officer
Oklahoma Baptist University
In office
Personal details
Born Salem, Kentucky
Spouse(s) Judy Taylor
Children 2 (Marijo and Charla)
Residence Bolivar, Missouri
Alma mater University of Tennessee at Martin
Western Kentucky University
Memphis State University
Profession Professor
Website Office of the President

C. Pat Taylor (born Charles Pat Taylor) is president of Southwest Baptist University.[1][2] Taylor was selected as the 24th president of Southwest Baptist University by the board of trustees on August 20, 1996, after a seven-month nationwide search. He assumed his duties as president on October 21, 1996.


Prior to becoming president of SBU, Taylor served as chief academic officer at Oklahoma Baptist University for ten years. Taylor previously served as associate vice president for academic affairs at Union University in Jackson, Tennessee, from 1979 to 1986. From 1975 to 1979, he was an assistant professor of education at Belmont University in Nashville, Tennessee. While at Belmont, he served as head resident of Pembroke Hall, a men's dormitory housing 150 men. His experiences also have included community college and high school teaching and coaching.[3]


A native of Salem, Kentucky, Taylor received his doctor of education degree with emphasis in history and philosophy of education from Memphis State University. He received a master's degree in history from Western Kentucky University and a bachelor's degree in history and secondary education from the University of Tennessee at Martin.[3]

SBU Highlights[edit]

Since Taylor's arrival at SBU, the campus has completed several major building and renovation projects including:

  • Jester Learning Center
  • University Grand Entrance
  • Meyer Wellness Center
  • Renovation of Taylor Free Enterprise Center
  • Renovation of Chapel
  • Renovation of Jim Mellers Conference Center
  • Plaster Athletic Facility
  • Allen Walk of Life [4]
  • Major campus beautification and landscaping projects
  • Campaign fundraising of a $62,000,000 plus [4]


Taylor and his wife, Judy, were married in 1968 and have two children. Marijo is a 1994 Oklahoma Baptist University graduate and in 2000 received an Executive MBA from the University of Missouri. She is a criminal investigator and is married to Tom Gronewold. Charla, also an Oklahoma Baptist University graduate, completed her master's degree in physical therapy from SBU in 2001 and her doctorate in physical therapy in 2007. Her husband, Adam Austermann, is a 1999 Southwest Baptist University graduate. He earned his master's degree in physical therapy from SBU in 2001 and his doctorate in physical therapy in 2006. Taylor and his wife Judy have two grandsons, Drew Charles Austermann and Luke Taylor Austermann. Judy Taylor died on March 26, 2016.[3]