Lakes Region Community College Names Patrick Cate Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs
Dr. Larissa Baia, President of Lakes Region Community College, has announced the appointment of Patrick Cate to Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, effective June 12. Cate is currently serving as the college’s Associate Vice President of Academic and Student Affairs, and brings a wealth of experience to the position.
“Patrick has been a proven leader on our campus since his arrival, and has worked tirelessly with faculty, staff, and students” Baia said. “His combined leadership experience in both academic and student affairs will serve as an enormous value as we move forward with college initiatives.”
Cate has worked in higher education for the past 19 years. Before starting at Lakes Region Community College in August 2018, Cate served most recently as the Director of Academic and Career Advising at Rivier University. Prior to that he spent 16 years at Plymouth State University, where he held several leadership positions, including Dean of Student Success, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate level coursework.
He is nationally recognized in the discipline of academic and career advising, and is the creator of the Targeted Advising Approach, an academic advising approach developed to assist students to persist to graduation in a program that best matches their goals. Cate has worked with NACADA, the global community for academic advising. He has published various articles and chapters in textbooks, presented concurrent and preconference sessions and keynotes, and serves on an international taskforce to review and edit the Core Values of Academic advising.
“Lakes Region Community College is such a wonderful place for students to learn,” Cate said, “and I look forward to enhancing the programs that support student success and academic achievement for all learners. The dedicated faculty and supportive staff create a community that I am proud to be a member of and am excited about our future together.”
Cate earned his Bachelors degree in Biology from Keene State College and his Master of Education in Counselor Education from Plymouth State University. His next goal is to complete his doctorate. A New Hampshire native, Cate currently resides in Campton, NH with his wife and two daughters. “We chose to live and raise our family in central New Hampshire because of the wonderful people and surroundings this special place provides. We have the privilege of living and working where others vacation.” Cate said. “And LRCC is one of those institutions that makes the Lakes Region a great place to live, work and grow.”
Lakes Region Community College offers more than 40 educational programs, as well as workforce training for business and industry. Additionally, LRCC provides housing options for students, and has transfer agreements with many four-year colleges throughout the region, allowing students to begin their education at an affordable community college, with many transfer options to four-year schools. Lakes Region Community College is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire.