Statement by Chancellor Susan J. Koch
July 10, 2011
I am pleased to announce the appointment of Kimberly Pate as University of Illinois Springfield Director of Athletics, pending approval by the University of Illinois Board of Trustees at its July 21 meeting. A summa cum laude graduate of Brevard College in North Carolina, Pate also has an M.B.A. from Western Carolina University and has been the Athletic Director at Brevard College for the past four years.
Pate was promoted to Director of Athletics at Brevard College after she was the assistant athletic director for compliance and business and senior woman administrator. As a student at Brevard, now an NCAA Division II university, Pate was a two-time NAIA Academic All-American athlete and a four-year starter for the softball team. She also was Assistant Varsity Intercollegiate Softball Coach. She has been active in NCAA Division II at the national level and is currently vice chair of the NCAA Division II Membership Committee.
While she was interviewing, Pate demonstrated a strong understanding of UIS's mission and in her experience has demonstrated support for the "student" in "student-athlete." Her strong business background will be very helpful in creating a strategic plan, setting goals and managing the Athletics budget and fundraising initiatives.
Pate will be a wonderful ambassador for our students and coaches on campus and in the local community. She is a proven leader with a strong passion for the role of academics, athletics and community engagement at a Division II university. With 11 athletic programs and 39 student-athletes recently named to the Great Lakes Valley Conference All-Academic Team, UIS Athletics is poised to go to a higher level of success, and I am confident that Kim and our athletics staff and coaches will take us there.
Kim and her husband Rick have one child, Carsen, who is four months old.
I want to thank the Search Committee for its diligence in attracting more than 90 applications for this position and working to reduce the pool of outstanding candidates. I also want to thank Dr. Rodger Jehlicka for more than five years of service and for leading the successful transition of UIS from the NAIA into the NCAA Division II and the Great Lakes Valley Conference.
Pate will become the full-time acting athletic director at UIS on July 26 and the permanent Director of Athletics on August 16.