Biography

Robert W. Patton

Dr. Robert W. Patton has been actively involved in the Health and Fitness field for the past thirty years.  Currently, as a Regents Professor of Kinesiology, Health Promotion, and Recreation with past joint appointments in the Departments of  Biology at the University of North Texas in Denton and Physiology at the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth, his current academic interests are broad but gravitating toward applied aspects of Health Promotion/Preventive Medicine.

Instrumental in the development of the Health Fitness Management and Exercise Physiology graduate programs at the University of North Texas, Dr. Patton is actively involved in preparing students for Health Fitness careers in corporate, commercial, clinical, and community settings. Graduates of this program, one of the largest in the nation, have distinguished themselves as leaders in the field.  He has also served as the Chair of the American College of Sports Medicine's Health Fitness Director certification committee.

Having published over eighty articles in more than fifteen journals, written chapters for encyclopedias, and serving as principal or co-author of books such as "Implementing Health/Fitness Programs," "Developing and Managing Health/Fitness Facilities," and “Health Fitness Management” Bob remains abreast of the industry through continued scholarship. As a Fellow in the American College of Sports Medicine, The Association for Fitness in Business, and The American Alliance of Health, Physical Education, Recreation and Dance's Research Consortium; and, as either current or past Editorial Board Member for the journals Fitness Management, Corporate Fitness, and Fitness in Business, his literary and professional acumen is well established.

On a personal note, Bob is an adventurer who has climbed mountains in North America, and Kilimanjaro in Africa, ran 33 marathons, ridden a bicycle from Seattle to Boston, and undertaken numerous other challenging experiences.  Bob is the proud father of two grown children, (Laura and Scott), three grandchildren, (Vince, Shelby, and Audrey), and he is married to Elisa Hardy Patton who has managed both large and small fitness businesses. They are avid travelers and fitness enthusiasts who live in a lovely country setting where reading, jogging, cycling, golfing, gardening, entertaining, and the good life is shared with family and friends.

Bob & Elisa