Richard Cate

Richard Cate
Adjunct Lecturer
Vermont Education Commissioner

(Pursuing) Ph.D. Doctorate of Public Administration (Concentration: Public Finance)
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, Albany, NY

MPA Public Administration
Rockefeller College of Public Affairs & Policy, University at Albany, Albany, NY

B.S. Civil Engineering
University of Vermont, Burlington, VT

Richard Cate became education commissioner on November 4, 2003. A native Vermonter, Richard graduated from Montpelier High School before attending University of Vermont, where he earned a bachelor of science degree in civil engineering. He later earned a master of public administration degree from Rockefeller College at the University of Albany. Richard has nearly completed a doctorate in public administration with a public finance concentration from Rockefeller College.

Prior to becoming commissioner, Richard served as executive deputy commissioner and chief operating officer of the New York State Department of Education, managing a budget of more than $19 billion and a staff of more than 3,100 employees. Previous 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 was executive director of the Vermont Superintendents Association for seven years. As manager of the City of Barre, he administered the municipal budget, acted as a liaison to state agencies and the Legislature, and negotiated with several labor boards.

Courses Taught
PA 319 State Administration
PA 395 Human Resource Management

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