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Dr. Gary Pate

Faculty Title: 
Associate Professor
Office: 
Luecker Building
Phone: 
(606) 539-4391 or 1-800-343-1609 ext 4391
Email: 
gary.pate@ucumberlands.edu

Dr. Gary Pate, an alumnus of University of the Cumberlands, graduated with a B.S. in History in 1972. He continued his education at Appalachian State University, completing an M.A. in Educational Administration in 1977, and later earned two other degrees: the first in 1982, an Ed.S. in Educational Administration from Western Carolina University, and the second in 1985, an Ed.D. in Educational Administration from the University of North Carolina-Greensboro.

In 2000, when Dr. Pate returned to UC as a member of the faculty, he brought with him many years’ experience as a teacher and a school principal. He is most familiar to the local community for having served as principal of Williamsburg Elementary for five years.

Courses Taught
EDUC 225 Basic Concepts Concerning Education
EDUC 531 Human Resource Management and Supervision
EDAD 636 School Law
ELAD 634 Business Management in Public Schools

"I enjoyed the quality of the materials and the instructors. The knowledge I gained will help me in my business."

– Eric Greer
Founder & President
CIS

"I believe that UC is making great strides toward becoming one of the best online programs."

– Benjamin Clayton
MACS Program

"The [MBA] program allowed me to make great contacts and network with other professionals."

– Amanda Farris
Accountant
Southeastern Kentucky Rehabilitation Industries

"UC does an excellent job of bringing students from the virtual world together in a cohesive class unit. Even though I live far from campus, I truly felt like part of the UC community thanks to their excellent online program."

– Jennifer Kincaid
Assistant Principal
MAED Program Student

"I was attracted to UC because of its location in the beautiful foothills of the Appalachian Mountains and the small class sizes. Throughout the application process, everyone was so helpful, courteous, and professional, which made even the beginning of my UC education a positive experience. The instructors are very hands-on and supportive, which was something I was looking for in my PA education."

– Suzanne Benninger
PA Program Student

"The online program at UC has allowed me to further my education while maintaining my personal commitments. The program has provided me with skills and techniques which apply directly to my professional life of teaching high school English, which is my passion."

– Carl Roberts
Teacher
MAT Program

"I enjoyed the convenience and flexibility of the schedule especially with four children. The small classes made it great for developing relationships within the group."

– Mark Steely
Coordinator of Radiology and Radiation Safety Officer
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"The learning environment and the facilities at UC PA are the best around and it makes learning so much easier when you have all the tools you need. The professors make the facilities accessible at any time and at a larger university you cannot find that."

– Kevin Caddell
PA Program Student

"The MBA Program fit my busy lifestyle. I was able to attend MBA classes and do the assigned work all while having a full-time challenging job, a husband, and two children at home."

– Pam Jones
Controller
Baptist Regional Medical Center

"The MBA program has given me an opportunity to further my education while working a full-time job. I am glad that I decided to pursue this program; it's one of the best decisions I could have ever made."

– Desrick Jones
Assistant Manager
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc.

"Being part of the new era of technology allows UC to be a great learning institution as well as versatile. Now students that normally could not go to college are able to work and support their families while getting a great education at home."

– Lesley Tipton
PA Program Student

"UC provided me with the tools and professional network of individuals to lead our school district in South Carolina. It is so refreshing to have people from several states in your class. There is no doubt UC is well ahead of the learning curve both in its technological applications and their focus on meaningful, job-embedded assignments."

– David O’Shields
Superintendent
Laurens County School District

"UC has multiple attributes that I find attractive. Its affordability, high moral standards and sense of community make it a great choice for online learning."

– April Templeton
MBA graduate

"The Rank 1 program at UC provides a broad array of avenues for enhancing our roles as educators. The program enables students to achieve a higher potential of learning and influential leadership capabilities while preparing us to assume further professional responsibilities."

– Elizabeth Stack
Teacher

"Enrolling in the University of the Cumberlands’ MBA program was a rewarding and valuable investment as it has challenged me both professionally and personally. The program has enhanced my knowledge and perspective on business management and broadened my future horizons."

– Brooklyn Hooker
Accountant
Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation

"The MAED program was a very comprehensive and robust experience that definitely added value to my professional and academic experience. The faculty provided me with tangible skills and a fresh approach to both research and practice in education."

– Nathan Smith
Elementary School Teacher