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Albert C. Yates

President Emeritus, Colorado State University

In August 2003, Albert C. Yates retired from the presidency of Colorado State University after thirteen years at the helm of one of the nation’s top research universities, completing a 35-year career in higher education as a professor and administrator. Since then he continues to be involved in the formulation of public policy through his many associations with public boards, commissions and community leaders. He serves as advisor to, and spokesman for, the Bohemian Companies in Fort Collins, CO.

Dr. Yates graduated magna cum laude from Memphis State University in 1965, with degrees in chemistry and mathematics; earned a doctorate in theoretical chemical physics from Indiana University at Bloomington in 1968; returned to Indiana University as a chemistry professor in 1969; and, in 1976, was appointed professor of chemistry and vice president for graduate studies and research at the University of Cincinnati.  Prior to his Colorado State appointment, Dr. Yates served for nine years as executive vice president and provost at Washington State University in Pullman.

In commemoration of his more than a decade of service to Colorado State University, Dr. Yates was honored in 2001 as an Honorary Alumnus of the institution; a CSU Alumni Association student award was named in his honor; a University student leadership institute was renamed as the Albert C. Yates Leadership Development Institute; the new chemistry/biosciences building was named Albert C. Yates Hall; the Albert C. Yates Chair in Mathematics was established; and the State of Colorado recognized Albert C. Yates Day with an official proclamation by the Colorado General Assembly.  Dr. Yates was honored as the National Western Stock Show 2002 Citizen of the West.  He has received several honorary degrees including the degree of Doctor of Science, Myongji University, Seoul, Republic of Korea; Doctor of Engineering, Colorado School of Mines; and Doctor of Education, University of Denver.