Patrick A. McLean
Director, Gerald R. Ford Institute
for Leadership in Public Policy and Service
B.A., 1985, University of Dayton
M.A., 1987, Miami University (Ohio) Office: 201B Robinson Hall
Appointed Director of the Ford Institute in 2013.
Q&A with Patrick McLean
Patrick on Ford’s Legacy
"If there’s one word that is used to describe President Ford, it’s integrity. He believed that in order to get things done for the American people, leaders had to be willing to roll up their sleeves and work with people of all political stripes to get the job done, and that’s what he did."
The Ford Institute is unique because...
"We’re open to all majors and we seek to provide our students with an understanding of public policies and processes, and how those policies affect their field of interest. The Ford Institute is designed to help give students the various skills they need to be able to cross interdisciplinary boundaries."
On what type of student should consider the Ford Institute
"The Ford Institute is great for anyone with a passion for community service, or a desire to understand how policies get made at any level of government."
When not in his office, you might find Patrick...
"Studying German with Dr. Perry Myers, as I’m a strong believer in lifelong learning. You might also find me down watching a soccer game, or even playing!"
Patrick's personal journey
"I spent about 25 years doing public policy and also worked as an adjunct professor. I’ve seen the public policy arena from a lot of different vantage points, which gives me an opportunity to bring the world of a practitioner into the classroom for my students."
Why Patrick came from Ohio to Albion
"When I was graduating high school, I was stuck choosing between the University of Dayton and Albion College. I went to Dayton (it was closer to home) and for the last 30 years I’ve wondered what would have happened had I come to Albion. When this job opened up, I knew within 60 seconds of reading the job description that I would really enjoy doing this. It was like a second bite at the apple."
At the end of the day, Patrick will have done his job if...
"I can convey to students the range of their possibilities. I hope to make them realize that the decisions they make today have the power to influence them and the world in a very positive way if they’re thoughtful about what they do. It might not necessarily be easy, so it’s about providing them with the right mix of support and challenges."
Patrick's Best Advice
"Work hard, get back on the horse when you fall off, and show up."