Russell R. Pate, PhD

Department of Exercise Science
School of Public Health
University of South Carolina
Columbia, SC

Dr. Pate is Professor in the Department of Exercise Science in the Arnold School of Public Health at the University of South Carolina. He has held several administrative positions including Chair, Department of Exercise Science; Associate Dean for Research, Arnold School of Public Health; and Vice Provost for Health Sciences. Dr. Pate is an exercise physiologist with interests in physical activity and physical fitness in children and the health implications of physical activity. His research has been supported by NIH, CDC, the American Heart Association, and several private foundations and corporations. He coordinated the effort that led to the development of the recommendation on Physical Activity and Public Health of the CDC and the American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM) (1995). He served on the 2005 Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee, the 2008 Physical Activity Guidelines Advisory Committee, and an Institute of Medicine panel that developed guidelines on prevention of childhood obesity. He currently serves as Chair of the National Physical Activity Plan Alliance. In 2012, he received the Honor Award from the ACSM.