Tierney J. Bates is the Director of The University of Louisville Cultural Center. He is responsible for the academic implementation and programmatic initiatives around retention, matriculation, and graduation pertaining to African-American and Latino students.
He has worked in many roles supporting diversity and inclusion at institutions of higher learning and corporate America in the Knoxville and Nashville communities prior to coming to Louisville. A major fundraising expert in non-profits and higher education his start in fundraising was around diversity and inclusion; His work has garnered him a Chancellors Citation Award, Knoxville Business Journal Top 40 under 40 award, American Express Emerging Leader Award. Named by Urban Voice Magazine 2010 Upcoming Leader and a Nashville New Leaders Council 2013 Fellow. He has also served on 5 major community boards like the Urban League and United Way.
Bates is from Cleveland, Ohio and received his Bachelor of Arts in Mass Media Communications with a minor in African-American History from the University of Akron, and his Master of Arts in Higher -Education Administration from the University of Akron, and his MBA from Bryan College, and currently pursuing a Doctorate degree from Spalding University. Mr. Bates is a member of Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc., NASPA, ACPA, and Black MBA’s.