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Kim Pate
Kim Pate has been director of athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne since March 2016.
photo courtesy of Lenoir-Rhyne Athletics

Lenoir-Rhyne Pate Named to NCAA Division II Management Council

Lenoir-Rhyne’s Vice President of Athletics Kim Pate has been selected to the NCAA Division II Management Council by the Division II President’s Council as an at-large representative.

Pate adds the DII Management Council to a long list of service to the NCAA and Division II. Currently, Pate serves on the D2 ADA Board as the Past President and also concluded a four-year term serving on the NACDA Executive Committee. She has previously served on the DII membership committee, Legislative Committee and also currently serves on the DII Congressional Engagement Committee. She has a multitude of service on the conference level. In her career, Pate’s experience includes 14 years of active involvement on numerous national athletic committees and organizations.

Pate, who was named the Cushman and Wakefield NCAA Division II Athletic Director of the Year by NACDA earlier this year, will serve a four-year term on Management Council starting in January which will run through January 2028. She will begin her term with an introduction to the Management Council at the 2024 NCAA Convention in Phoenix, Arizona in January.

“Serving on Management Council is an absolute privilege and an opportunity to make a positive contribution towards our association and ultimately our DII student-athlete experience,” said Pate. “This is a very dynamic time of change and uncertainty within the landscape of collegiate athletics, and I’m excited to serve alongside so many incredible leaders who are genuinely passionate about supporting and enhancing the Division II student-athlete experience.”

Pate has served as the Director of Athletics at Lenoir-Rhyne since March 2016 and was promoted to Vice President in 2019. She has brought about dynamic growth on and off the field of competition at Lenoir-Rhyne and led the Bears to unprecedented levels. Most recently, LR earned its first ever NCAA National Championship in Men’s Lacrosse and had an individual National Champion in Outdoor Track and Field and a team National Championship in Triathlon. Additionally, the Bears have shattered a record with 37 All-Americans in the 2022-23 athletic year and finished a department-best 12th in the Learfield Standings. Off the field, the Bears produced a record eight SAC Scholar-Athletes of the Year last year and have ranked in the top 20 in community service for each of the past five years.