Associate Dean of Students
Pat Bates graduated from Ouachita Baptist University and received a Master of Science degree in Corrections from Xavier University. She began her career in 1974 at Cedarville University as Dean of Women and later retired in 2010 as Associate Dean of Students. According to Marcy Van Meter, former disability compliance coordinator at The Cove, Cedarville University’s academic enrichment center, “Pat’s true passion for ministry was to build into the lives of students at Cedarville. She talked often of her love for students and spurring them on to develop a deeper relationship with God.” As a student, Van Meter knew Bates in the 1980s, but their friendship grew and deepened through the years. “When I married my husband, and especially when our children were born, Pat grew to be part of our family. She was a grandmother to our children and was deeply loved by them. My kids are adults now, and their memories of Pat are precious.” Bates Hall was named in Pat’s honor in 2020.