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Trevor M. Bates, DHSc, AT, ATC

President of Wilmington College,
Athletic Training

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 with 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, Dr. Bates currently chairs the Athletic Training Section and is a Joint Board member of the State of Ohio’s Occupational Therapy, Physical Therapy and Athletic Trainers (OTPTAT) Board. He recently completed a partial term as vice president of the Great Lakes Athletic Trainers’ Association (GLATA) and is a founding member of the Ohio Athletic Trainers’ Association (OATA) Diversity and Inclusion Committee. He currently serves as vice chair of the Board of Directors for United Church Homes Inc. (UCH) and is a member of the UCH Management Inc. board. Dr. Bates serves as the VP of Strategy and Innovation for T.R.U.E. Empowering, a professional consulting and training firm focused on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion led by Dr. Tyrone M. Bates, Jr (his eldest sibling) and serves as national co-chair of the National Athletic Trainers’ Association (NATA) Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access Task Force.

Dr. Bates was honored by his peers 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, he 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 Paralympic Women’s Wheelchair Basketball tryouts, Illinois High School Football Combine, and Bank of America Chicago Marathon.

The University of Illinois at Urbana/Champaign — one of the president’s collegiate alma maters — presented him with its Distinguished Alumni Award during homecoming ceremonies on Oct. 14, 2022, in Champaign, Ill. UIUC’s College of Applied Health Sciences selected Dr. Bates to receive one of its most prestigious honors. He earned a Master of Science in kinesiology with a sports medicine concentration there as a pre-doctoral fellow. 

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 biological siblings with several additional siblings via marriage.  He is a former high-school scholar-athlete (wrestler and distance runner) and brings an energetic 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 lives in Wilmington with their two sons, Ethan and Liam.