About Us

About Us

Lydia Bates Photo 2012Lydia Bates

Assistant Director

Lydia C. Bates is a Fort Wayne native and graduate of Northrop High School. She attended Indiana University in Bloomington for three years, later finishing up her Associate and Bachelor degrees at IPFW. She joined the IPFW Upward Bound family in 2004, as the Academic Coordinator and was promoted to Assistant Director in 2008. She loves working with people, especially teenagers and young adults, to help them to realize their academic goals in life. She considers education very important, and her favorite proverb is ‘knowledge is better than riches’. She believes that with knowledge students have the basic foundation and tools to succeed in life, give back to the community, and ultimately change the world.