Originally from Harlan, Kentucky, Dr. Juston C. Pate brings a wealth of experience and knowledge to the Elizabethtown Community and Technical College community. Dr. Pate began his career in the classroom teaching English and humanities at the high school level. From there, Dr. Pate became director of student services, principal of Mason County Area Technology Center, associate dean of academics at Maysville Community and Technical College (MCTC), interim academic dean, chief academic officer and provost.
In addition, Dr. Pate served as interim president at Hazard Community and Technical College where he set baseline projections for revenue that allowed the college to be at 98% of tuition estimate by the first week of fall classes, strengthened community partnerships and connections, and implemented new recruiting practices which resulted in increased midterm and summer enrollment.
Dr. Pate’s higher education career began at Southeast Community College where he earned an associate of arts degree. From there, Dr. Pate attended Union College and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in secondary English education. He then attended Morehead State University where he obtained a Rank I certificate in instructional leadership and a Master of Arts in educational administration. Finishing out his higher education, Dr. Pate earned his Ph.D. in higher educational leadership and organizational development from the University of Louisville.
Dr. Pate is an active member of his community. He has held memberships with Industrial Development Authorities, The Rotary Club, Chambers of Commerce, and has served on several regional boards. In addition, he has developed many leadership programs and courses and has published three books on leadership development.
Juston and his wife Jena are lifetime Kentuckians and plan to raise their children in the Commonwealth.