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President's Medal

This award is intended to recognize individuals for exceptional contributions to the field of adult and distance education, as well as to Excelsior and its mission.


Pamela Tate
Pamela J. Tate

Pamela J. Tate

The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL)

Pamela J. Tate has been president of The Council for Adult and Experiential Learning (CAEL), a national, nonprofit educational organization committed to expanding lifelong opportunities for adults, since 1990. As president of CAEL, she has led the organization's growth and involvement in public policy; innovative workforce education services for employers, adult learners and government agencies; and systemic change efforts within higher education.

Ms. Tate is nationally recognized for her work in facilitating workforce education and training programs among educational institutions, business, labor, and government and for her efforts in assisting colleges and universities to develop systems of prior learning assessment and quality assurance in adult learning programs.

She graduated from the University of Illinois at Champaign with master's degrees in both English and journalism. She completed her doctoral course work at the Annenberg School of Communications, University of Pennsylvania.

Tate has been honored for her work in expanding lifelong education opportunities for adults, workforce development, and building CAEL with three honorary Doctor of Humane Letters degrees, from SUNY Empire State College in 1996, the School for New Learning of DePaul University in 2005, and Thomas A. Edison State College in 2007.