Ms. Patricia Garrison-Corbin
(Inducted in 1996)
Patricia Garrison-Corbin, a 1969 WKU graduate, earned a bachelor's degree in sociology. She also holds a master's degree in urban studies from the University of Louisville and a master's degree in finance from Massachusetts Institute of Technology, where she was the first African American female Sloan Fellow. Corbin is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of P.G. Corbin & Co., independent financial advisors. It is the first African-American female-owned Wall Street financial services corporation. The company ranked number three nationally in 1993 in the financial services industry.
She has received numerous awards, including the 1995 Revlon Business Woman of the Year. She was the first African-American female officer in public finance at Drexel Burnham Lambert in 1982. At WKU, she chartered and was president of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, the first black Greek-letter organization on campus, in 1968. Corbin, who lives in Philadelphia, was appointed by President Clinton to the Environmental Protection Agency in 1994. President Reagan appointed Corbin to the advisory panel to the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development in 1986. She served on Pennsylvania's Tax Reform commission in 1985. Corbin is a charter board member of the Pennsylvania Coalition of 100 Black Women and a member of the Philadelphia Chapter of Links Inc.