Cathy Bates


Cathy Bates has 30 years of experience dedicated to higher education with a strong focus on strategic planning and initiatives that transform academic, administrative and research capabilities.  She is adept at collaboratively developing governance, communication and project management frameworks that are transparent and agile.  With significant experience leading technology units in a constantly changing environment, she has been recognized for her ability to create and revitalize service organizations that support and enhance institutional strategic objectives, as well as inter-institutional collaborations.  She is a skilled project manager with significant experience developing architectural roadmaps, planning and budgeting for infrastructure refresh cycles and large scale campus technology projects.  Ms. Bates has a B.S. in Applied Computer Science and an M.Ed. in Secondary Education and attended the Women’s Management Institute of Higher Education Resource Center (HERS). She has a history of state and national contribution and leadership in organizations and programs that develop and showcase best practices in higher education.

EDUCAUSE Publications

  • Thinking about IT Risk Strategically
    • Article

    Identifying and addressing IT risk isn't a task for an institution's IT department alone. Elevating IT risk discussions to a strategic level places institutional leaders in a better position to understand the broad categories of IT risk.

  • Continue the Conversation: IT Risk Register
    • Blog

    This blog post is one of a series of posts designed to continue the conversation after the 2016 EDUCAUSE Security Professionals Conference. This post explores the themes discussed during a lunchtime roundtable about using IT risk registers to supplement campus risk management activities.

EDUCAUSE Presentations


EDUCAUSE Primary Representative

EDUCAUSE Involvement

  • Nominations Committee
    • Member: 2016
  • HEISC Advisory Committee
    • Chair: 2015 - 2016
    • Member: 2013 - 2014
  • ECAR/HEISC Information Security Leadership Working Group
    • Member: 2015 - 2016
  • EDUCAUSE 2016 Program Committee
    • Member: 2015 - 2016
  • IT Governance, Risk, and Compliance (GRC)
    • Member: 2014 - 2015
  • Security Professionals Conference 2014 Program Committee
    • Chair: 2013 - 2014
    • Member: 2013 - 2014
  • HEISC Mentor and PD Team
    • Member: 2012 - 2013
  • Security Professionals Conference 2013 Program Committee
    • Member: 2012 - 2013
    • Vice Chair: 2012 - 2013
  • HEISC Security Assessments Working Group
    • Chair: 2012
    • Member: 2012
  • HEISC Governance, Risk, and Compliance Working Group
    • Member: 2011 - 2012
  • Security Professionals Conference 2012 Program Committee
    • Member: 2011 - 2012