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Patrick Wilson


Director of Admission Marketing & Events

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Contact Information

Salem Campus

900 State Street
Salem  Oregon  97301
Oregon (Westside Greater Portland)



Patrick Wilson serves as the Director of Admission Marketing & Events for the College of Arts & Sciences. In his role, Patrick provides oversight over the daily visit program, student ambassadors and campus events for prospective and admitted students. He also works with the Office of Marketing and Communications to produce recruitment materials and implement communication for prospective students.

Patrick received a Bachelor’s degree in Journalism from the University of Oregon, and after a brief stint selling hot dogs in Washington, D.C. returned to Oregon to begin his career in admission. Prior to joining Willamette University in July 2022, Patrick worked for 15 years at another nearby college. He is a member of the National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), the Pacific Northwest Association for College Admission Counseling (PNACAC), which he served as President from 2020-2021, and the Collegiate Information & Visitor Services Association (CIVSA). In 2023, Patrick was recognized with the PNACAC Alice Tanaka Exemplary Service Award.

Why Willamette?

As a newer member of Willamette community, I was instantly struck by the community’s commitment to the University's motto, Non Nobis Solum Nati Sumus, Not Unto Ourselves Alone Are We Born.

Favorite High School or College Class or Subject?

I declared a minor in anthropology as an excuse to take those courses to learn more about other people around the world. Two of my favorites included Farm Worker Politics and Culture and Japanese Culture and Society.

Something You Learned in College You Still Use?

As a journalism major, I learned to write succulently and clearly.

Memorable/Favorite High School or College Co- Curricular Activity

Two of my favorite high school memories are traveling to Japan on a three week homestay program and working as an Outdoor School camp counselor for a week in my senior year.

Proudest Accomplishment to Date

Being recognized for my service to PNACAC with the Alice Tanaka Exemplary Service Award, named after someone who truly provided more than exemplary service to our profession and the students we support.

Favorite Book

East of Eden, John Steinbeck and You Shall Know Our Velocity, Dave Eggers

Willamette University

Office of Admission

Salem Campus

Willamette University
900 State Street
Salem Oregon 97301 U.S.A.
503-370-6303 voice
1-844-BEARCAT toll free
503-375-5363 fax
503-375-5383 TDD