Chad Coates is an Assistant Dean of Admissions and Advising in the College of Arts and Sciences. In this role he chairs admissions committees for undergraduate international applicants from the Caribbean, Latin America, and Africa; and serves as academic advisor to a cohort of first and second year students. Chad is the administrative coordinator of the prestigious Mellon Mays Undergraduate Program, which provides valuable research training, faculty mentorship, and financial support for undergraduate students who wish to pursue a Ph.D. and a career in academia. Additionally, he provides leadership for the Prefreshman Summer Program and other diversity initiatives within the College of Arts and Sciences.
Prior to his arrival at Cornell in July 2012, Chad spend four years at Bowling Green State University (BGSU) completing his Ph.D. in higher education administration and student affairs with a focus on comparative international higher education. During his time at BGSU he held positions in the Office of Greek Affairs where he served as Greek House Director for Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity Inc., and in the Office of Multicultural Affairs where he served as the Coordinator for Multicultural Programs and Retention.
Chad holds a BA in theatre (lighting design and stage management) and an MBA from Long Island University C.W. Post Campus. During his free time Chad enjoys spending time with family and friends, watching sit coms – favorites include: 30 Rock, King of Queens, Big Bang Theory, Family Guy, Curb your enthusiasm, and Friends; and cartoons – Thundercats, Dungeons and Dragons, Silver Hawks, Animaniacs, and Tom and Jerry. Chad was born and raised on the tropical island Jamaica and has a passion for international travel. He has visited over 22 countries. His top five most memorable destinations are Ouagadougou and Bobo-Dioulasso in Burkina Faso, Basil in Switzerland, Tallinn in Estonia, Reykjavik in Iceland, and Valletta in Malta.