Dr. Jane Gates has served in the role of Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at Western Connecticut State University since 2011. She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from Arkansas State University; a Master of Public Administration degree from the University of Arkansas-Fayetteville; a Doctor of Philosophy degree in Political Science with areas of concentration in Organizational Behavior, Public Policy Analysis, Legislative Process and Chinese Politics from Southern Illinois University. Dr. Gates has completed the Harvard School of Education Management Development Program, Leadership America Forum, and the Harvard Graduate School Institute for Management and Leadership.
In addition to her academic experience, Dr. Gates has a distinguished record of community service including serving as a member of the Fairfield County Chapter of the LINKS, Incorporated and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated. Dr. Gates has recently been appointed to serve on the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU) Task Force on Teacher Education.
She is married to Alfred J. Gates and has one son, Jerron Vincent Gates, and one granddaughter, Aliyah, of Reading, Pennsylvania.