The Tate Center, located in the heart of the UGA campus, was opened in 1983. It’s goal is ” to provide facilities, services, and programs for the University community.” Inside it boasts amenities such as food service areas, a print and copy service, post office, business office, UGACard office, study lounge, TV lounges, and meeting, conference, and multipurpose rooms
Named after William Tate, the Tate Center
was opened on October 20th, 1983. William Tate was born in Calhoun, Georgia in
1903 to William and Edna Tate. Mr. Tate was responsible for founding the
Georgia Marble Company. Mrs. Tate graduated from LaGrange college and went on
to become the President of Fairmount Bank and manage the family farm. William
Tate enrolled in Georgia in 1920 and went on to receive his degrees in English and
History; and later, in 1927, his Master’s. In addition, Tate also served as
an English instructor and debate coach on campus. While enrolled at UGA, Tate
cemented himself fully into becoming a leader amongst the UGA student body. In
addition to running on the track team, he was a member of many highly esteemed
societies on campus including the Delta Tau Delta Fraternity, the Student YMCA,
and the Student Council – all which he served as their President. He eventually
went on to serve as the Dean of the University and was instrumental in the desegregation of the University, ushering
in its first African American students, Charlayne Hunter and Hamilton Holmes in 1961. Dean Tate also had an honor society formed in his name in 1990.
Tate center was designed by the architecture firm, Miller, Waltz, and Diedrich.
A firm based in Atlanta. Georgia. And was built by West Point Construction
Company, along with DAC Construction. For the opening dedication ceremony,
Representative Bob Argo was selected to be the speaker.
The student center was built for
the benefit of the entire University community and quickly became the “heart”
of student activity on campus as well as the home of the Department of Student
Activities (now known as the Department of Campus Life). For nearly three
decades, the many programs and services housed within Tate have been designed
to meet the social, cultural and recreational needs of UGA’s student body.
In order to stay
on the cutting edge of campus-life the $58-million Tate Student Center
Expansion and Renovation project was initiated to drastically increase space
for student programs and activities. The Tate Student Center Expansion opened
its doors to the University community on June 1, 2009. Incoming first-year
students and their parents were among the first to see the new facility as part
of orientation. On August 20, 2009 UGA President Michael F. Adams led a
gathering of faculty, staff, administrators and students in cutting the ribbon,
officially dedicating the expanded facility. With more than 95,000 square feet
of additional space, the Tate Expansion features meeting rooms, multiple dining
options, numerous lounges and gathering spaces and a 12,000 square-foot multipurpose
room for large scale activities and events. Todays Tate Student Center is
among the finest facilities of its kind and will continue to be a point of
pride for current and future generations of UGA students.
It should come as
to no surprise that the Tate Center is located in the heart of the UGA Campus.
It serves as a comprehensive location for all UGA students. Even more fitting
is its name. Being named after one of the most iconic individuals to serve the
UGA community in its history is truly an honor. A man that embraced change and
stood tall in times of great turmoil should be the ideal candidate for such a
dedication. It’s only right that someone that stood for fairness and equality
has the building named after them be the heartbeat of the campus. Students and
the school mission statement follow Dean Tate’s actions so hopefully his
beliefs will carry through for generations to come in the Tate Center.