11:31 AM

Former Dean to Preside Over Kuwaiti University

Donald Bates, Ph.D., the dean of the College of Business at the University of Houston-Downtown (UHD) from 2005 to 2012, has accepted the appointment as president of the Gulf University for Science and Technology (GUST) in Kuwait City, Kuwait.

As the first private university in Kuwait, GUST has responded to the growing need for an American-style, accredited, degree-granting university education within the Kuwaiti Islamic culture equal in quality to other prestigious universities. GUST moved into a newly constructed state-of-the-art facility in 2010 with the latest information technology supported by a "we care" approach to each individual student's learning needs. The facility has reached its maximum enrollment at 3,600 students and 150 internationally educated faculty.

"This fulfills a lifelong dream of mine to be a president of a prestigious university and it is such an honor and privilege to be chosen as the president of the oldest and most highly regarded private university in Kuwait," said Bates. "I look forward to assisting the board of directors and the faculty in determining the future needs of Kuwait and providing programs that prepare generations of young leaders and professionals for the demands of a new global technological era."

GUST's business program is undergoing its initial accreditation visit from the prestigious AACSB-International agency in 2013-2014. Its computer science program already holds the coveted ABET accreditation. In addition to cooperative agreements with the University of Missouri at St. Louis, Florida International University and Sun Yat-Sin University in China, GUST just signed an agreement with the University of Massachusetts, Lowell to start an engineering program. The University currently is breaking ground for a new $45 million building to support the new engineering program.

Under Bates' leadership, the UHD College of Business (COB) launched an MBA program and undergraduate programs in Insurance and Risk Management and Retail Management. Bates also provided the impetus and leadership for the development of professionally staffed tutorial labs, as well as expanded COB continuing education offerings. His effort and emphasis on fundraising and development resulted in two named professorships - Fondren in Finance and Myron Steves in Insurance and Risk Management, as well as several endowed COB scholarships.

Bates has extensive experience in international teaching and administration, having lived and taught in Turkey, Greece, Ireland and the Philippine Islands, as well as serving as dean of the College of Business and Economics at United Arab Emirates University in Al Ain, UAE prior to joining UHD.