WCSU provost honored by NAACP

WCSU Provost Dr. Jane McBride Gates was named as one of the 100 Most Influential Blacks in Connecticut for 2011 by the state conference of the NAACP.

McBride Gates was honored at a Dec. 10, 2011, luncheon at the NAACP’s 46th Annual State Convention at the Hartford Hilton. Author, civil rights activist and comedian Dick Gregory was the keynote speaker.

Prior to joining the WCSU community in July 2011, McBride Gates had been dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at Savannah State University in Georgia since 2002. Nearly 4,000 students attend Savannah State, part of the University System of Georgia.

In 2006-07, McBride Gates served as interim vice president for Academic Affairs at Savannah State, Georgia’s oldest Historically Black University. Before relocating to Georgia, she was a tenured faculty member, chair of the political science department, and interim associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences at Arkansas State University.

McBride Gates earned her bachelor’s from Arkansas State; a Master of Public Administration from the University of Arkansas, Fayetteville; and a Ph.D. in political science from Southern Illinois University, with major degree areas in public policy, organizational behavior and Chinese politics. She also has pursued advanced management training at Harvard.

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Digging Deeper

Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs Dr. Jane McBride Gates has made her mark in inspiring faculty and students to continue the quest for academic excellence at Western, reaffirming her commitment to promote quality academic programs “that will prepare our students for the challenges of the knowledge-based economy and our global society.”