Twenty-two months after being selected to lead the division, Beverly Tate can drop the interim tag on her title as she was chosen Pasadena City College's permanent division dean and athletic director of the Kinesiology, Health & Athletics Division. Tate was confirmed at Wednesday night's PCC Board of Trustees meeting.
Tate will continue to administrate the college's 16 intercollegiate sports teams and coordinate the class schedule for the KH&A Division. She successfully implemented a goal-oriented incentive program for head coaches in an effort to motivate team success."The most important thing to me is our student success through both instruction and through our athletic programs," Tate said. "The focus of everything we do in this division should continue to be striving for the success of our students."
Tate has been in charge of the division for two complete intercollegiate seasons as several teams have made improvements under her leadership. The PCC women's basketball team became the first women's team and first squad of any kind to win a state team championship since 1984 when they captured the CCCAA title in March. The 2009 women's badminton team won the South Coast Conference title while the '08 football team went 7-4 and was victorious in the Tremblay Services Bowl, the first postseason win by PCC football since 2001. Individually, men's swimmer Tai Nuntapramote was the state's 200-yard butterfly champion, women's basketball point guard Kinyada Johnson was named MVP of the CCCAA Championship Tournament, and nationally-ranked badminton player Priscilla Lun was both a conference champion in singles and doubles.
While the athletics area has seen other women serve in an athletic director role, Tate is the first woman to direct the entire athletics division, both men's and women's sports, and first female dean for the area in the college's history, dating back to the founding of the college in 1924.
Tate previously served as the college's acting dean of the English Division for Spring, 2007, and has worked at PCC since 1995 as an assistant professor in English. Besides her teaching duties over the years, Tate served for four years as the coordinator for the College Diversity Initiative, a program that fosters projects on campus, at local schools, and in the community.
She held the position of coordinator of the New Faculty Seminar, an orientation course for new PCC instructors. In 2005-2006, Tate was honored with PCC's prestigious Ralph Story Service Award for her faculty service to the college community.
Tate received both her bachelor's degree in English and master's in education at Pepperdine University, where she also minored in physical education. An avid tennis player who played in Los Angeles City Park and Recreation tournaments as a teenager, she later participated in intramural sports at Pepperdine, including basketball and archery.