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Michael Bates Joins The Consortium as Inaugural AVP

Michael Bates, AVP, Graduate Programs

After over 20 years of experience in recruitment and program management, Michael Bates is moving forward to become the inaugural Assistant Vice President (AVP) for Graduate Programs at The Consortium of Graduate Study in Management (CGSM). CGSM has been an institution of higher education since 1966, increasing the ranks of diversity in business since day one.

“I chose The Consortium because of its mission,” says Bates. “It resonated with me because diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) have always been a focus of mine. It’s my personal mission, so to speak.”

Bates says it was imperative to him that, in the wake of the Supreme Court’s impact on higher education, he had a direct impact on uplifting diversity initiatives. Bates previously served as the Associate Director of Strategy and Custom Program Portfolio at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. His past roles have required recruitment, development, event planning, and more—skills he will use to help advance The Consortium, he says.

“I’ve been fortunate to work at both Booth and Kellogg School of Management. At Kellogg, I was the Director of Admissions for Executive MBA,” explains Bates. “Many of those executives whom I’ve admitted are now in positions where I’d like to leverage their expertise or even engage them as corporate partners.”

The thing he’s most looking forward to about the job, Bates says, is the people.

“I’m looking forward to working with all the constituents,” says Bates. “Everyone has a passion that resonates in everything they do.”

As AVP, Bates will have day-to-day oversight of the Program Administration team’s work. He will lead program-related functions, including but not limited to the development of new and existing programs, pipeline development, event management, and more.

Through Bates’ and the CGSM teams’ dedicated efforts, The Consortium hopes to have Consortium students represent 30% of member schools’ domestic enrollment by 2030.

“I want to be the best leader I can be, and I want my team to see me as a resource,” says Bates. “If the team is thriving and doing well, then I’ve done everything I need to do. We’re going to learn from each other.”

Bates is excited to support incoming students by connecting with them and helping them navigate the experience of getting an MBA.

“Seeing that there was an opportunity at The Consortium, I said, ‘Wow, this actually brings together my personal mission, as well as the things that I have done so far in my career,’” Bates says. “I couldn’t be more excited.”

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