Romney Institute Executive Board

Anthony Bates

Anthony Bates

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Current Position: Executive Board Member
Member Since: 2021

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Job Title: Managing Director - Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership
Company: Brigham Young University
Location: Utah, United States


  • Managing Director- Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership
  • Lead Administrator - BYU FHSS African American Civil Rights Seminar
  • BYU Slavery Project - Advisory Board member
  • BYU FHSS Civil Rights Seminar executive team
  • Doctoral candidate (ABD) - 2018 cohort BYU Educational and Leadership Foundation
  • Striving to be a good husband and father
  • Weight training
  • Avid NBA fan
  • African American Civil Rights history and figures


Dr. Anthony Bates is the managing director of the BYU Sorensen Center for Moral and Ethical Leadership, which formally began in January 2021. The Center strives to develop students, staff, programs, and scholarship that promote and encourage moral and ethical leadership.

Since 2012, Anthony has also served as a lead administrator for the BYU FHSS African American Civil Rights Seminar. This course takes 12-14 students through the Black Freedom Struggle, from pre-slavery until modern times, and culminates in students visiting Atlanta, Anniston, Birmingham, Montgomery, and Selma.

Anthony began his career in education as a world history teacher at Florence High School in Florence, AZ. After that, he came to BYU in 2005, where he began in Multicultural Student Services. There he served as an advisor, Black History Month and Cultural Programs coordinator, and assistant director. Prior to his current role, he was in the Student Connection and Leadership Center, where he worked with the Student Advisory Council, BYUSA Elections, and served as the director.

Anthony attended Utah Valley State College, where he earned an Associate’s degree. He earned his Bachelor’s and Master’s degrees from BYU in secondary education and public administration, respectively. Anthony earned a doctoral degree in educational leadership. His research looked at how students in a specific context were impacted by racial differences.

After his mission in Uruguay, Anthony followed his wife, Amy, to Provo so that she could complete her degree at BYU. She graduated in elementary education. They are the parents of seven children.