Wingate University has named Dr. Helen Tate as provost effective Aug. 1. Tate comes from Georgia Southwestern State University in Americus, Georgia, where she has served as associate vice president for academic affairs since 2012.
Tate was selected from more than 100 applicants after a nationwide search. “We are pleased that Helen Tate will become our provost,” says Wingate University President Rhett Brown. “She is an energetic, experienced and visionary leader, and she will be a tremendous asset as we further Wingate’s programs and mission.”
As provost, Tate will be Wingate University’s chief academic officer, overseeing the institution’s more than 40 undergraduate, master’s and doctoral-level programs on three campuses in North Carolina. Wingate is restructuring its administrative positions to address rapid enrollment growth and is bringing back the provost position for the first time since the 1990s.
“I’m so pleased to be joining the Wingate community,” says Tate. “Over and over to a person, I heard that the best thing about Wingate is the people, and I certainly felt that warmth and energy during my (May 18) visit.” She added, “Clearly this is an exciting time in the institution’s history and I feel honored and humbled for the opportunity to be a part of that future.”
Tate has experience in organizational restructuring and leadership, designing and implementing successful academic programs, developing curriculum, evaluating faculty and staff, improving student achievement, and fostering collaboration in higher education.
Tate has served as division leader of Arts and Communication Studies at Columbia College, a women’s college in Columbia, South Carolina, and has taught at Georgia Southwestern State University, Columbia College, Indiana University and Lamar University in Orange, Texas.
After earning bachelor’s and master’s degrees in speech communication from Idaho State University, Tate received her Ph.D. in speech communication with a minor in gender studies from Indiana University. She has received multiple awards for excellence in teaching and has authored five peer-reviewed journal articles. Tate has been active in the Women’s Caucus of the National Communication Association and is a frequent presenter at professional conferences across the U.S.