Michael A. Patchner is Dean and Professor of the Indiana University of Social Work. He has held faculty and administrative positions in schools of Social Work at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, West Virginia University, and the University of Pittsburgh. He was a member of the Commission on Educational Policy for the Council on Social Work Education, which along with the Commission on Accreditation, was responsible for developing new educational policies and accreditation standards for BSW and MSW programs nationally. He later became Chairperson of the Commission and also served on the Board of Directors for the Council on Social Work Education. He was appointed by Indiana's governor to serve as Chairperson of the Indiana Commission on Abused and Neglected Children and their Families.