MC Vice President Cate accepted into Harvard's Institute for Educational Management

July 8, 2002

MARYVILLE, Tenn. - Maryville College's Vice President for College Advancement and Planning Mark Cate has been accepted into Harvard's Institute for Educational Management (IEM) and will participate in the program later this summer.

Dr. Gerald Gibson, president of Maryville College, and Dr. Robert Naylor, interim vice president and dean of the College, recommended Cate for the prestigious program. Cate was then selected for admission to the highly competitive IEM program by its Admissions Committee based on the scope of his responsibility at the College, depth and breadth of his experience and his potential for continued leadership.

"Mark Cate has proven his leadership capabilities since he came to Maryville College," President Gibson says. "He is a gifted administrator who still has productive years ahead of him. He has as much natural talent for college administration as anyone I know.

"As a former participant in IEM while I was at Roanoke College, I know well what stimulation and inspiration an administrator can bring back from an educational experience at Harvard. I give Mark my strongest endorsement."

Cate is the first administrator from the College to attend IEM.

The intensive IEM program focuses on the critical stewardship role that senior-level administrators play within their institutions. The IEM faculty leads these administrators in examination of leadership challenges faced in today's higher education environments.

"I hope that my time at IEM will provide new ways of assessing and dealing with the challenges and issues we face in higher education administration," Cate says.

The IEM curriculum is designed for administrators who are responsible for and help mold institution-wide policy. This year's itinerary focuses on four major concepts: Senior leadership, the many contexts of leadership, higher education (a changing industry) and mobilizing for change.

"I am looking forward to being exposed to various organizational theories and the practical implications those theories have on the work I do for Maryville College," Cate says. "I also am looking forward to learning 'best practices' from fellow administrators at other participating higher education institutions."

The program employs learning techniques such as discussion groups (large and small), case studies, personal reflection, presentations and reading assignments. Participants will also have access to the Harvard library system, museums, theater productions and athletic facilities.

IEM's Admissions Committee aims to assemble a diverse group of administrators each year. Other 2002 participants include senior-level administrators from institutions such as Bard College, N.Y; Bellarmine College, Ky; Elmhurst College, Ill; Fairleigh Dickinson University, N.J; Goucher College, Md; Lafayette College, Pa; Middlebury College, Vt; Ohio Wesleyan University; Spelman College, Ga; University of Dayton, Ohio; and the University of Vermont.

IEM is part of Harvard's Institutes for Higher Education (HIHE), which has been offering comprehensive professional development programs for over 30 years. Participants in any HIHE program can expect to gain new perspectives on leadership, engage in personal reflection and create effective professional networks.


Maryville College is ideally situated in Maryville, Tenn., between the Great Smoky Mountains National Park and Knoxville, the state's third largest city. Founded in 1819, it is the 12th oldest institution of higher learning in the South and maintains an affiliation with the Presbyterian Church (USA). Known for offering its students a rigorous and highly personal experience that includes an undergraduate research requirement, Maryville College is a nationally ranked institution of higher learning that successfully joins the liberal arts and professional preparation. Total enrollment for the fall 2013 semester is 1,168.