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WC’s 19th president, Dr. Trevor M. Bates, arrived at Wilmington College in January 2021 prepared to lead the institution into its next 150 years.
Dr. Bates said he was originally attracted to WC’s open presidency when reflecting upon his own experience as a graduate of a small, private, liberal arts-based, NCAA D-III institution in a rural area. He shared, “I understand the transformational impact that a Wilmington College can have on students, which is why it is the type of institution I have dedicated my professional life to serving.”
He also is impressed with WC’s mission to “educate, inspire and prepare each student for a life of success and service” and its vision for the future of being a “model college” that intentionally blends the liberal arts and career preparation.
“As my family dug a little deeper, we were attracted to the rich Quaker history, strong values and unique commitment to building consensus among members of the community,” he added. “Kassandra and I are excited to partner with the campus, local and entire Wilmington College Quaker community on an exciting journey together, ‘not by a leap but by many steps,’ (College motto) to help Wilmington College continue to RISE!”
He earned his Bachelor of Science in Athletic Training from Millikin University (IL), Master of Science in Kinesiology with a Sports Medicine concentration as a pre-doctoral fellow from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (IL) and Doctor of Health Sciences a focus in Leadership and Organizational Behavior from A.T. Still University of Health Sciences (MO/AZ).
Dr. Bates comes to Wilmington College with 20 years of progressive leadership roles (clinician, faculty member, clinical education coordinator, program director, department chair, dean, vice president and board member) and most recently served as the vice president of academic affairs, dean of faculty and professor of health sciences at Mercy College of Ohio.
Outside of higher education, professionally, Dr. Bates currently chairs the Athletic Training Section as a joint board member of the State of Ohio’s Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers Board and is completing a term as vice president of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA). He is a member of the Board of Directors (treasurer) for United Church Homes (UCH) and UCH Management and also serves as a senior adviser for T.R.U.E. Empowering, a consulting firm led by his eldest brother, Dr. Tyrone M. Bates, Jr.
Among the special recognition he has received throughout his career, his peers honored him in 2020 with the GLATA Dedicated Service Award for contributing to his profession of Athletic Training at the local, state, regional and national levels. As a clinician, Dr. Bates has provided AT services for patients in physician practices, outpatient rehabilitation clinics, sports enhancement centers, college/university athletics and an array of special events including the Bank of America Chicago Marathon.
Dr. Bates, who describes himself as “a person of strong Christian faith,” is a lifetime Midwesterner, being a native Chicagoan (IL) and spending more than a decade in both Kansas City (KS) and the great state of Ohio. He is the second oldest of eight siblings and is a former scholar-athlete (wrestler and distance runner) and brings a spirit to all he does. He is married to Kassandra Bates, a utilization management case manager at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center. The couple recently moved to Wilmington with their two sons, Ethan (14) and Liam (4).