ALBERT C. YATES
Dr. Albert C. Yates has led a distinguished academic career as a professor and
administrator. Dr. Yates earned his Ph.D. in Theoretical Chemical Physics from Indiana
University at Bloomington.
Following postdoctoral work at the University of Southern California, he returned to
Indiana University to join the faculty of the Department of Chemistry.
In 1977 he was named Vice President and University Dean for Graduate Studies and Research
at the University of Cincinnati. Dr. Yates served for nine years as Executive Vice
President and Provost at Washington State University in Pullman. In July 1990, Dr. Yates
became the 12th President of Colorado State University.
Dr. Yates career reflects his lifelong embrace of the land-grant institution as
"the peoples university," as well as his deeply held commitment to Western
values and ideals.
His speeches, writing and work reflect his belief in those qualities that characterize the
Western spirit: honesty, integrity, self-reliance, perseverance and commitment to
community. This conviction has helped to drive his personal and professional involvement
in activities that support the interests of children, diversity, academic excellence, and
improving the quality of life for Colorado and its citizens.
An active member of the community, Dr. Yates has received many awards and honors. 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; and the State of Colorado
recognized Albert C. Yates Day with an official proclamation by the Colorado General
Dr. Yates was honored as the National Western Stock Show 2002 Citizen of the West and has
been awarded an Honorary Degree of Doctor of Science, Myongji University, Seoul, Republic