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  • M.B.A., St. Mary's University, 2010
  • J.D., University of Houston, 1973
  • B.A., St. Mary's University, 1966


  • Principles of Accounting
  • St. Mary's Core


Patricia A. Britton is currently an Adjunct Professor of Accounting in the Greehey School of Business. She joined the faculty in 2010. Britton received her bachelor’s degree in biology from St. Mary’s, her J.D. from the University of Houston and her M.B.A. from the Bill Greehey School of Business. She is licensed to practice law in Texas and is a member of the American Bar Association and the Texas State Bar.

Britton retired as the Vice President, Law and Governmental Affairs from Kennecott Energy Company (now Cloud Peak Energy), a subsidiary of Rio Tinto plc. Britton previously worked in the Shell Oil Legal Department for nearly 20 years where she served as a Senior Attorney providing services to Shell Mining Company. She became Associate General Counsel for Zeigler Coal Holding Company in Fairview Heights, Illinois following Zeigler’s purchase of Shell Mining Company.

During her career, she was actively involved in legal issues affecting the mining industry and presented papers and published in industry and legal symposia/newsletters on a variety of issues including clean coal initiatives, climate change treaty mechanisms, the creation and management of corporate compliance systems and the legal implications of electric deregulation on long term supply contracts. Britton participated in the initial corporate advisory committee that worked with LRN in formulating its national online legal and ethics training platform.

Her current area of interest is ethical compliance and management best practices in Catholic ministries.

She has been very active in a variety of community organizations.


Since coming to St. Mary’s as an adjunct professor, she has presented the following papers:

Using “Conscious Capitalism” as a Framework for Catholic Social Teaching in the Catholic Business School: The Nestle Case Revisited, with Dr. Zaida Martinez, Conference – Renewing Mission and Identity in Catholic Business School Education, The Eighth International Conference on Catholic Social Teaching and Management Education. University of Dayton (June 2012)

“Nestle Revisited: A Case Analysis” with Dr. Zaida Martinez,” Conference – Rethinking the Roles of Business, Government and NGOs in the Global Economy “AIB 2012 54th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC Conference (June 30 – July 3, 2012).

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