Ethical Leadership, Pipeline Development, Enterprise Solutions, Service, Education, Creating Opportunity, Never Ever Giving Up!
Pat began her journey to West Point by graduating high school in Detroit, Michigan, enlisting in the U.S. Army, being selected in attend the United States Military Academy Preparatory School (USMAPS). Completing her journey as a cadet at West Point in 1980, Pat was among the first class of women to graduate from the academy. By Order of Merit, she is the first African-American woman to graduate from this historic institution. Commissioned as an Air Defense Officer, Pat embarked on a career in the U.S. Army giving her opportunity to command, work in the Army’s Human Resource Command, and serve on the Army Staff in the Pentagon. Pat retired from active duty service in 1995.
Pat’s post-military accomplishments centered around education. Pat founded the Seeds of Humanity Foundation, incorporated to assist the training and development of underserved and underrepresented students and their influencers, specifically with STEM education, ethics and leadership. She spends a good amount of her time working STEM initiatives across the nation. She established Life Plan Services, LLC. Its mission is to train and develop core life skills for those in transition and on their “ascent to excellence.”
In 2017 Pat was inducted as a member of the Defense Advisory Committee On Women In The Service (DACOWITS). In that capacity she advises the Secretary of Defense on numerous issues relating to women.
In 2010 she was inducted into the Army Women’s Foundation Hall of Fame in March 2011. She is a recipient of the Key to the City of Detroit and is the Co-Author of the book, The Power of Civility. She served as co-chair for the West Point Leadership and Ethics Conference in the Washington DC Area (held at George Mason University for 8th and 11th graders) and has helped West Point put on more than 50 Leadership Ethics and Diversity in STEM (LEADS) conferences, which have reached more than 10,000 future leaders.
M.A., Education, Loyola College, Baltimore, MD
M.S., Administration, Central Michigan University, Mt. Pleasant, MI
B.S., United States Military Academy, West Point, NY
Rotary Club, Virginia and Maryland
Pat (aka Priscilla) resides in the National Capitol Region with her husband COL (Ret.) Michael Locke and has a daughter, Sarah Locke, who graduated West Point in 2015.