Michael Cates, Board Chair

Michael Cates, Board Member Michael Cates
Email: michaelcates@lexrich5.org
Term Ends: November 2020




Michael Cates is a Real Estate Broker and Certified Real Estate Educator.  He is the owner and chief instructor of Southeastern Real Estate Academy.  Mr. Cates is also the Minister of Music for Saluda River Baptist Church.  He has been an active volunteer in the district for over 10 years. He has been a member or chaired both SIC and PTO at five different schools.  He has been an active member of the Superintendent's Parent Advisory Cabinet.  He has served the district as a member of the middle school technology task force, Chair of the Comprehensive Health Education Board Advisory Committee, and was a member of the AdvancedEd accreditation committee.  Mr. Cates has also served on two state-level committees for the Education Oversight Committee. 
Mr. Cates has a bachelor of science in psychology from Bluefield College and a Master of Divinity from Southeastern Baptist Theological Seminary.  He is a graduate of the United States Army Chaplain's Basic and Advanced School.  He proudly served in the US Army as a Chaplain.  He is married to Ginger Abbott Cates, a graduate of Irmo High School and USC School of Pharmacy.  Mrs. Cates is a pharmacist for Walgreens.  Mr. and Mrs. Cates are the proud parents of two boys.  Their oldest son is a graduate of Spring Hill High School and was a two-sport athlete at Irmo High School. He is currently attending Anderson University studying Kinesiology and plays baseball for the Anderson University Trojans.  Their youngest son is a senior at Spring Hill High School and a two-sport athlete at Irmo High School.