Mr. Rate earned his Bachelor of Science in Biology from The Citadel and Associate’s Degree in Business and in Computer Programming from Midlands Technical College. He has served two tours of active duty in the Air Force in strategic air defense and is a retired reserve officer. Mr. Rate began his state service in 1976 with the South Carolina Department of Health and Environmental Control in the Bureau of Laboratories, starting his IT career with the state as a computer programmer, and continuing to work in customer support, technical support, and management. Mr. Rate came to the University in November 2001 after spending over five years as the IT director of a local phone company. He has the following Microsoft certifications: Systems Engineer (MCSE), Systems Administrator (MCSA, MCSA:Messaging), and Professional (MCP).