Percy Bates

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  • About

    Professor Bates is the Director of the Lives of Urban Children and Youth Initiative (LUCY). He is also Director of Programs for Educational Opportunity (PEO) in the School of Education at the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. A psychologist and special educator, he is a Professor of Education at Michigan, where he has been a faculty member since 1965. During his tenure at Michigan, he has served as an Assistant Dean, Chairperson of the Special Education Program, and Division Director for Curriculum, Teaching and Psychological Studies in the School of Education. He has also served as the Chair of the Higher Education Commission of the National Alliance of Black School Educators and has had a tour of duty as Deputy Assistant Secretary for Special Education in the Department of Education in Washington, DC.


    Percy has authored or co-authored several scholarly books on desegregation, and has served as an expert witness with the U.S. District Court, the U.S. Department of Justice, and also acted as a member of the Secretary of Education’s Title IX Commission on Opportunities in Athletics. Percy has worked with dozens of school districts assisting them with assessing educational programs as well as dealing with equity, gender, and desegregation issues that teachers and administrators encounter on a day-to-day basis.


    Dr. Bates has represented U-M for more than 15 years as their faculty athletics representative to the Big Ten Conference and the NCAA and is the past Chair of the Division I Management Council.