Richard W. Gates, Jr., Chief Executive Officer, brings an extraordinary breadth of leadership experience to Gates Group. Mr. Gates is a retired Army Lieutenant Colonel with over 26 years of military experience at all levels of management. In addition, he has 14 years of experience in developing and managing higher education programs. Mr. Gates received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Psychology from North Carolina State University, a Masters Degree in Business Administration (MBA) with emphasis in Management from Marymount University, and a Master of Science Degree in Education from Virginia State University. Mr. Gates also attended the Center for Executive and Professional Development at The College of William and Mary. Mr. Gates is a Legion of Merit and Bronze Star Medal recipient. He is also a Distinguished Member of the United States Army’s Quartermaster Regiment.