Patricia Krider Biography

Patricia Krider is a native of Buffalo, New York although Ohio has been her home since 1979.

Pat graduated magna cum laude from Ashland University where she earned a Masters Degree in Business Administration. She also holds a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Business Management from Walsh University, and an Associate in Applied Business Degree in Computer Programming from Stark State College of Technology. Before leaving New York, she earned an Associate in Applied Science degree in Legal Secretarial from Trocaire College in Buffalo.

Stark State College hired Mrs. Krider as a full staff member in 1984 where she remained for 15 years. For the first seven years, she also instructed classes for the college part-time and continued her own education. She became a full-time instructor in the Computer Applications Department in 1994 and was   promoted to Associate Professor in 1998. During that time, Pat was active in several organizations, which included the American Association of University Women, a member of the Faculty Association, and President of the College Staff Association.

In 1995, Mrs. Krider began to volunteer at the National First Ladies’ Library when Stark State College joined the library’s efforts to create an on-line bibliography of America’s first ladies. Pat played a major role in designing, developing, and implementing the Library’s first web site.

In January 1999, Mary Regula, the Founder and President of the National First Ladies’ Library, hired Pat as Director of Computer Services.

Her professional career with the organization grew rapidly. In January 2000, Patricia Krider became the first Executive Director of the young organization. The First Ladies’ National Historic Site was established in October 2000. Under a cooperative agreement with the National Park Service, the National First Ladies’ Library manages and operates the site. Pat was instrumental in the expansion of the physical site, and growth of the organization as a National Historic Site under the National Park Service.

Currently, Pat serves on the Ohio Site Committee for the National First Ladies’ Library. She is a member of the American Association of Museums, the American Association of State and Local History, and is on the advisory board of the Calvin Coolidge Foundation.