Patrice Swanson has been at The University of Tulsa as a department assistant since 2002. In her first year, she also served as department assistant for olympic sports, then became assistant to Head Football Coach Steve Kragthorpe in 2003. In 2007, Swanson moved back to help the olympic sports.
Before coming to Tulsa, she worked at Phillips Petroleum Company in different capacities since 1976.
Most recently, she served as a corporate insurance clerk at Phillips. Previously, she held positions as senior administrative assistant in corporate tax, controllers secretary, senior administrative assistant for the office of community relations in public affairs and secretary for corporate engineering.