- B.S. Civil Engineering 1964
- President, Americas Division, Black & Veatch
- Elected 2011
Jim Patton is retired president of the Americas Division of Black & Veatch. Under his leadership, the firm greatly expanded its worldwide environmental practice, with 50 overseas offices on six continents. Jim has been credited with helping provide more than one billion people around the world -- including many citizens of Kansas -- with access to safe drinking water or sanitary water disposal services. The KU School of Engineering awarded him the Distinguished Engineering Service Award in 2003.