Biography: James P. Pate
Dean of the Tupelo Center
Jim Pate became Dean of The University of Mississippi-Tupelo campus, on August 15, 2005, Prior to joining the University, he served as Vice President for Academic Affairs at Northeastern State University (1998-2005), Dean of the School of Arts and Letters at Southeastern Oklahoma State University (1995-1998) and at the University of West Alabama (1967-1995) where he served as a professor, dean, athletic director, and academic vice president. He received an A.A. degree from Itawamba Community College, a B.S.E. from Delta State University, and a M.A. and Ph.D. in history from Mississippi State University. Dr. Pate also completed post-doctoral study in Harvard University's Institute for Educational Management and in the Price-Babson College Fellowship Program – Symposium for Entrepreneurship Educators.
An active educator/scholar, Dr. Pate has presented papers at regional and state meetings and published articles, book reviews, and reports. His recent publications include The Reminiscences of George Strother Gaines: Pioneer and Statesman of Early Alabama and Mississippi, 1805-1843 (1998) and “When This Evil War Is Over”: The Correspondence of the Francis Family, 1860-1865 (2006). He recently completed several entries for the Encyclopedia of Oklahoma History and Culture and the Encyclopedia of Alabama. He also received several grants for his research and archaeological investigations at the Fort Tombecbé/Fort Confederation site and negotiated the transfer of this eighteenth century site to the University of West Alabama.
Dr. Pate recently served as a member of the Board of Trustees of the Cherokee National Historical Society (2001-2005). From 1994-95, he served as chair of the NCAA Division II Men's Basketball Committee, as president of the Alabama Association of Historians from 1980-82, and as chair of the Alabama Humanities Foundation from 1979-80. He currently serves as a member of the Board of Directors of the Mississippi Economic Council.