Mike Raters ’85 Named Associate Dean of Students
by Jim Amidon
July 26, 2004
Wabash College Dean of Students Tom Bambrey has announced that Michael
P. Raters of Indianapolis has been named Associate Dean of Students at
the private liberal arts college.
Raters, a 1985 Wabash graduate, has been a high school teacher and coach
at Franklin Central High School since 1987. He replaces Edith Simms, who
resigned in May to accept a similar position at the University of
Richmond in Virginia.
"I am very pleased that Mike Raters will join us in early August as the
Associate Dean of Students,” said Bambrey. “Mike is an alumnus from the
Class of 1985, so he will be able to hit the ground running. I look
forward to working with Mike, and I believe the students will as well.
He possesses excellent educational credentials and has been an active
Raters will have principal responsibilities with student housing.
Wabash’s 860 male students live in 10 national fraternities, four
residence halls, and about a dozen on-campus apartments.
Raters served Franklin Central as Government Team Leader and was
responsible for establishing and implementing the curriculum of the
school’s four government teachers. He has taught American Government,
United States History, and World History. He supervised 12 student
teachers during his career, and was an on-line mentor for Wabash’s
teacher education students.
He was the 2003 Center for Congress “Outstanding Teacher; received the
Franklin Township Education Foundation Grant in 2001; and was the 2000
Franklin College Supervising Teacher of the Year.
In addition to teaching at Franklin Central, Raters served as varsity
baseball coach (1995-99), assistant baseball coach (1988-93), varsity
tennis coach (1988-99), assistant cross country coach (1999), and
varsity girls golf coach (2000-2004).
He was a faculty sponsor of Students Against Destructive Decisions,
Academic Competition, Franklin Central Homecoming Committee, Senior
Convention and All-School Election Process, Senior Government Class
Community Service Projects Coordinator, and the School Improvement
Raters and his wife, Julie, are the parents of three children, Morgan,
Justin, and Joel. He will begin his work with the Wabash Dean of
Students Office in August.