- M.B.A., Loyola College (1980)
- B.S., Houghton College (1971)
Professor Bates has taught at Houghton since 1989. He has been actively involved in the Christian Business Faculty Association and served as chair of its board. He is also a member of the Society of Human Resources Management, the Buffalo-Niagara Human Resources Association, and the Willard J. Houghton Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on various college committees at Houghton, including the Strategic Management Advisory Council, the Academic Affairs Council, the Teaching & Learning Technology Roundtable, The P.A.C.E. Academic Committee and the Financial Affairs Council. In 2009 he chaired the college’s Online Task Force. Currently he serves on the college Academic Council.
Professor Bates joined the faculty after a 17-year career in management. Most recently, he had served as an association executive in a Washington, DC based trade association, and before that in a management capacity for a not-for-profit, charitable organization.
In 1994 he co-founded the Houghton Development Group, which built and now operates The Inn at Houghton Creek.
Professor Bates is a member of the local Houghton Wesleyan Church and is an elder in the Presbyterian Church of America. He recently chaired the board of Allegany County’s American Red Cross and serves on the board of Partners with Russia.
Professor Bates’ most important roles are husband to Barbara and father to two grown children.
Teaching areas: Management, leadership, organizational development, human resources management, and strategic management
Scholarship interests: The integration of biblical principles in business; small business development; strategic management consulting; and leadership