- Director of Affirmative Action at the University of Kansas
- Instrumental in developing KU Affirmative Action Plan and held a regional Title IX conference
- Named the Outstanding Young Teacher from the Central States Speech Association
- Received Outstanding Kansas College Speech Teacher Award from the Kansas Speech Association
- Effective promoter of women’s rights and welfare; honored as one of the Outstanding Young Women of America
Bonnie Ritter Patton, Professor of Speech and Director of Affirmative Action at the University of Kansas, received her Associate’s degree from Hutchinson Junior College in 1959 and her BA in Liberal Arts in 1961 from Sterling College. After teaching high school English at Robinson Junior High School, she taught English and directed the Debate and Forensics programs at Wichita High School East from 1962-1966. She earned her MA in Speech and Drama in 1965 and her PhD in Speech Communications and Human Relations in 1969, both from the University of Kansas.
Until 1971, Dr. Ritter split her time between the University of Kansas as an Assistant Professor and Haskell Junior College as an Instructor and Coordinator of the Speech III Program. She then served for 2 years as a full time Instructor at Haskell, as well as the Acting Department Chairman and the Coordinator of Interpersonal Communication Courses there. She also was a member in several national speech, forensics, and communication programs.
Her teaching awards include such notable honors as Outstanding Young Teacher from the Central States Speech Association, Outstanding Young Women of America, and Outstanding Kansas College Speech Teacher from the Kansas Speech Association.