Vice President for Capital Projects and Facility Services
Harold "Kippy" Tate
The sixth president of Tuskegee University, Dr. Gilbert L. Rochon, appointed Harold "Kippy" Tate vice president of capital projects and facility services. He has held the post since May 1, and will be responsible for project management and monitoring the life cycle of new construction, building renovation projects, campus physical plant and infrastructure for the entire campus, and more than 100 buildings as well as the university’s off-site land and real estate.
Tate is the former vice president of buildings and grounds for Alabama State University in Montgomery, Ala. He has been an adjunct professor of architecture at Tuskegee since 2004. He also taught seminars for Lorman Educational Services in Eau Claire, Wis., from 2002 to 2007.
Tate also served as the director of the State of Alabama Building Commission, also in Montgomery, from 1999 to 2007. He was president at McKissack and McKissack Architects in Montgomery from 1997 to 1999. He served as health care principal architect at Gresham, Smith and Partners Architects in Birmingham, Ala., from 1985 to 1997.
He has worked on a myriad of architecture and design projects such as: the stadium for the Tennessee Titans football team in Nashville, Tenn.; Garland Diagnostic Center in Garland, Texas; River Oaks Hospital in Jackson, Miss.; and the pre-design of Tuskegee University’s Carver Bio-Science and Research Center.
He earned his bachelor’s degree in architectural sciences from Tuskegee University in 1983 and his master’s in architecture, also from Tuskegee, in 1985. He is the recipient of the 2005 Distinguished Service Award from the National Society of Engineers and the 2001 Alumni of the Year award for the Tuskegee University Department of Architecture. The Montgomery Chamber of Commerce awarded him the “Emerging 30” Award in 1999 and named him 1998 Minority Business of the Year.
Tate’s professional and service memberships, and volunteer efforts include: the Alabama Architectural Foundation, Alabama Black Heritage Council, Alabama Historical Commission, American Institute of Architects, American Youth Soccer Organization, Governor’s Mansion Advisory Board, International Code Council, Landmarks Foundation Board of Directors, Montgomery Airport Authority, Montgomery Habitat for Humanity Board of Directors, and National Association of State Facilities.