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September 24, 2008
Phillip Cates to Head Organizational Advancement for Sigma Xi
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RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – Phillip K. Cates has been named director of organizational advancement for Sigma Xi, a new department combining the Society's development and membership departments.
"Phillip Cates' previous experience and his leadership qualities will allow Sigma Xi to become more proactive in serving the members and advance our efforts to secure our financial future through ethical and professional development activities," said Sigma Xi Executive Director Jerome F. Baker.
"It is a real honor to accept the appointment to this new position and a privilege to work with such an experienced and professional staff," Cates said. "Organizational advancement combines Sigma Xi's chapter development, membership and qualifications, member benefits, awards, lectureships and resource development staff into the one unit that has the greatest direct contact with and provides support for our members."
Cates comes to Sigma Xi from Compassionate Capital, a capacity building and resource development consulting firm he founded, which is focused on public, private and faith-based organizations.
He is a former director of partnerships and strategic initiatives for the Public School Forum of North Carolina. While there, Cates organized and managed the N.C. Partners Leadership Council, comprised of private sector organizations and businesses working to improve public education.
He was also a consultant and trainer for SERVE, the southeastern regional federal education laboratory located at the University of North Carolina at Greensboro. Cates assisted in the formation of more than 20 local education foundations and community-based initiatives to improve education and economic development across the southeast U.S.
He has also served as executive director of the Chatham Education Foundation, one of North Carolina's leading rural local education funds, and as the regional resource development director for The Salvation Army, serving the western Triangle area of North Carolina.
Cates is an ordained United Methodist minister. He received his B.A. in political science and philosophy from Greensboro College and masters of divinity and theology degrees from Emory University. He is an Education Policy Fellow with the Institute for Educational Leadership.
His professional affiliations include the Association of Fundraising Executives, National Committee on Planned Giving, Christian Leadership Association and North Carolina Association of Personal and Business Coaches. A native of High Point, North Carolina, Cates and his wife, Toni, have three sons.
About Sigma Xi
Founded in 1886, Sigma Xi is the international honor society of research scientists and engineers, with more than 500 chapters at colleges and universities, government laboratories and industry research centers. Membership is by invitation, in recognition of research potential or achievement. Over the years, more than 200 Sigma Xi members have received the Nobel Prize. In addition to publishing American Scientist magazine, the non-profit society awards hundreds of grants annually to student researchers and sponsors a variety of programs that support science and engineering.