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Jane McBride Gates
Interim President, Provost & Senior VP Academic & Student Affairs
Jane McBride Gates, Ph.D. was appointed as Interim President of CSCU, which governs 12 community colleges, four state universities and Charter Oak State College, on November 19, 2020. Dr. Gates began her interim presidency on January 1, 2021 as the BOR searches for a permanent replacement for Mark Ojakian, who retired the end of December 2020. Since 2016, Dr. Gates has served as Provost and Senior Vice President for Academic and Student Affairs – a role she will continue as she serves as Interim President. As Interim President of CSCU, Dr. Gates oversees a system with 17 institutions serving approximately 85,000 students offering over 1,300 degree and certificate programs. Dr. Gates is bringing extensive academic experience and leadership skills to her new role.
Dr. Gates joined CSCU in 2011 as Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at WCSU. Previously, she held leadership roles at Savannah State University and Arkansas State University. Dr. Gates 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; and a PhD. in political sciences 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. Dr. Gates has written on numerous aspects of public policy, including the effects of welfare-to work programs and analysis of public service employment programs (“Bridging the Gap between Town and Gown: Local Government Expertise and the Role of the University”). Dr. Gates is also editor/contributor to the first edition of the book, “Pathways to Success”.
Dr. Gates has a distinguished record of community service. She has served on the Board of Directors, United Way of Savannah, the Civil Service Commission, member of International Quality Education Foundation, the Chamber of Commerce, Community Oriented Policing Leadership Council, Connecticut Legislative Task Force for Minority Teacher Recruitment, and the Task Force on Teacher Education of the American Association of State Colleges and Universities (AASCU). Dr. Gates is also a member of the Greater Hartford Chapter of LINKS, Inc. and Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc.