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Difference Maker

Ron Cates

Like many UT Arlington students, alumnus Ron Cates was the first in his family to attend college. He graduated in 1975 with a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering and went to work for General Dynamics as an electronic systems engineer. His career path led to Microchip Technology Inc., where he’s now the director of worldwide sales channel enablement. In 2011 he established the Ron L. Cates Endowed Scholarship and recently arranged for a planned estate gift to further fund the scholarship. “If one wants to leave a legacy in an endowment, there are very few organizations that will live forever,” Cates says. “The need to educate people is perpetual, so that is where I have chosen to leave my personal mark on the world.”