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Patrice Faison

Evening MBA
Academic Program Manager

Hometown: Mt. Olive, NC 

What's something on your bucket list? 

Performing internationally is at the top of my list. When I’m not working, singing is my favorite thing to do. I’m currently taking lessons in jazz theory with an Atlanta-based first-call jazz pianist, and I sing with my church’s praise team. I’m also a member of the SeeiT! Choir, an Atlanta based professional performance choir. Some of our notable performances include: Super Bowl LIII pre-game show, Conan with Conan O’Brien (TBS), A Fall from Grace (Netflix), Inauguration of Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms, Walmart's My Life Mass Choir Project, Harry Belafonte’s Many Rivers to Cross Festival ( and Tyler Perry Studios’ grand opening. Our next performance will be a gala for the 40th anniversary of the Botanical Gardens. 

Favorite family tradition: 

The Kornegay family reunions are one of my favorite and beloved family traditions. My father’s parents Paul and Muriel Faison hosted the first Kornegay reunion on August 4, 1972 at their home in Mt. Olive. Our reunion has been held biennially on the first weekend in August for the past 50 years. We love coming together to fellowship, share family stories, and honor our ancestor’s legacy.    

What is your proudest accomplishment? 

I am a first-time aunt to a creatively talented six-year-old nephew named Gavin Isaiah. Gavin will be going to the first grade in the fall. He loves playing Roblox, watching Sonic the Hedgehog, sketching, and building with Legos.   

What is your latest book recommendation? 

“The Joy of Missing Out: Live More by Doing Less.” In my experience, being busy is not always productive. I’m always seeking ways to get more joy out of how I spend my time. The premise centers around the thought that doing less may seem counterintuitive, but doing less is more productive, because it allows you to concentrate on the work you want to be doing. If you’re looking to find your “Yes”, I highly recommend this one. 

My favorite restaurant in Atlanta:  

Mali Thai in the Highlands has been a go-to fav for years. I love their coconut soup and shrimp with crispy basil. 

My favorite comfort food or family recipe:  

My Mother is an amazing southern cook and hosts most of our family gatherings. We all love her cooking! Hands down, one of my favorite meals is her pot roast, collard greens with skillet corn bread, and yellow rice. It’s been a Sunday dinner favorite in our family since childhood. Ironically, my brother and his wife have their own line of locally grown collard greens based out of Winston-Salem, North Carolina called Rosey Bloom’s. Our family loves collards! 

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