budgeting and financial management,
state and local government administration, education
Richard H. Cate's current title as of July 1, 2013 is Vice President for Finance and Treasurer. He became Interim Vice President for Finance and Administration at the University of Vermont in 2008, followed by his permanent appointment as Vice President in 2009. Richard also serves as a lecturer for the University in the Master of Public Administration program. Prior to coming to UVM, Richard had served as Vermont's Commissioner of Education since 2003, preceded by his service as executive deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the New York State Education Department where he managed a budget of more than $19 billion and a staff of over 3,100 employees. Prior to that, he served as that department's Chief Financial Officer. Richard has extensive experience in Vermont education and civil service. Among his positions in the state, he served for seven years as executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association (non-profit) and for five years as city manager of the City of Barre, where his responsibilities included leading the departments of city government and managing the municipal budget. Before being appointed as City Manager, Richard served on the Barre City Council for three years.
A native Vermonter, Richard graduated from Montpelier High School before attending the University of Vermont, where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in civil engineering. He later earned a Master of Public Administration degree and a CAS in Planning and Policy Analysis from Rockefeller College at the University of Albany.