Willis M. Tate

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Willis M. Tate (1912–1989) served as the President of Southern Methodist University from 1954 to 1971 and again from July 1974 to October 1975.[1][2]


Willis M. Tate was born in Denver, Colorado.[2] He received a B.A. and an M.A. from Southern Methodist University.[1] He worked as a school principal in San Antonio, Texas, and returned to Southern Methodist to work as Assistant Dean of Students in 1945 and Professor of sociology.[1][2] He served as its President from 1954 to 1975, with a one-year hiatus in 1974.[1] He died of a heart attack in Colorado in 1989.[1]

He served as Chairman of the Independent College Funds of America and President of the National Association of Schools and Colleges of the Methodist Church.[1] He was also a member of the Lambda Chi Alpha fraternity and Cycen Fjodr.[3] In 1965, he received the Alexander Meiklejohn Award of the American Association of University Professors for support of academic freedom.[2][4]


Academic offices
Preceded by
Umphrey Lee
President of Southern Methodist University
Succeeded by
Paul Hardin