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Sylvester Tate, 1985 graduate and President/CEO of Tate Computer Systems, was recently chosen as 2011 Alumni of the Year.

Sylvester Tate

Sylvester Tate

While serving in the military, Mr. Tate attended night classes and graduated with an Associate of Applied Science in Electronic Technology from Southwest Tennessee Community College in 1985. He continued his education at The University of Memphis where he concentrated on Electronic Engineering, and in 1988, he opened Tate Computer Systems.

This retired Navy Veteran and consummate self-made man displays his commitment to Southwest graduates in numerous ways. As the President/CEO of Tate Computer Systems, Mr. Tate has created jobs and grown a business that has been able to provide jobs and career opportunities for more than 30 full-time employees and soon that number will grow to 50. Many of those employees are Southwest graduates. In addition, Mr. Tate served as President of the Alumni Association, and in 2008, he and his wife created an endowed scholarship to assist Southwest students with their tuition. He also currently serves as a Southwest Tennessee Community College Foundation board member.