James Leon Pate, Ph.D.
Department Head and Professor
James L. (Leon) Pate, Professor, Educational Leadership
B.S. Georgia Southwestern College, 1969
M.Ed., Ed.S. Valdosta State University, 1971, 1974
Ph.D. Florida State University, 1987
1969 – 1974 - Teacher, Coach, Assistant Principal, Mitchell County, Georgia
1974-1984 - Principal, Mitchell County, Georgia
1985 – 1989 – Principal, Lowndes High School, Georgia
1989-1993 – Superintendent, Lowndes County Schools, Georgia
1994 – 1995 - Asst. Superintendent Coffee County Schools, Georgia
1995-2002 – Superintendent Decatur County Schools, Georgia
2002- Present, Asst. Professor, Associate Professor, Professor, VSU.
Professional Research Interests – Leadership Ethics, Organizational Leadership, Organizational Behavior, Organizational Culture and Climate, Learning Communities, Personnel Management, Higher Education Leadership, Leadership History, Educational Finance, Facilities Management, School Reform, Change Agents, Organizational Improvement