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Distinguished Alumnus of the Year

Distinguished Alumnus of the Year - Patrick L. McDaniel

Patrick (Pat) L. McDaniel of Decatur, Illinois, has been selected as Richland’s Distinguished Alumnus for 2014. Pat earned an Associate of Arts degree in 1977 and an Associate of Applied Science degree in 1979 from Richland Community College.

Prior to attending college, Pat served in Vietnam as a Military Intelligence Staff Officer from 1968-1971. His military service and experiences at Richland led him to positions as a Community Reporter and Photographer for the Decatur Tribune and as the Divisional Vice President for Sales and Service for Sangamon, Inc. /Service Advantage. He recently retired as the Executive Director of the Macon County Historical Society and Museum Complex.

In April 2011, Pat was elected to the Decatur City Council and continues to serve in that position. He is a dedicated a civic leader, currently serving as a member of the Heritage Network, advisory member of the Illinois State Historical Society, member of Oglesby Mansion, Inc., member of the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library Foundation, and is a member of Grace United Methodist Church. Pat has also held leadership positions in local neighborhood associations, service organizations, and educational institutions. His work with other city leaders has led to local legislation that maintains basic infrastructure, improves the community’s business climate and provides additional employment opportunities to community residents.

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